Last chance to see the exhibit for almost a year is Sunday, April 3, 2011.
The Oklahoma City Museum of Art has announced plans to temporarily close Dale Chihuly: The Collection for nearly a year. Consisting of more than 1,500 pieces of glass, the collection will reopen in 2012 to celebrate the Museum’s tenth anniversary in the Donald W. Reynolds Visual Arts Center in downtown Oklahoma City.
“The spectacular Chihuly installation is the part of the collection that people most associate with the Museum,” said OKCMOA director Glen Gentele. “During the time when the Chihuly Collection is down, Museum staff will be cleaning each and every piece and further documenting it while also organizing plans for our yearlong Tenth Anniversary Celebration. Leading up to the 2012 reinstallation of the Chihuly glass, the Museum will present a world premiere exhibition that will delight the Oklahoma City community and attract people from around the nation.”
The Oklahoma City Museum of Art inaugurated its new home in the Donald W. Reynolds Visual Arts Center in 2002 with an exhibition of glass and drawings by renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly, titled Dale Chihuly: An Inaugural Exhibition. Bolstered by enormous public support and community giving, the Museum purchased all 18 installations in the exhibition in 2004. Renamed Dale Chihuly: The Collection, the exhibitionwasinstalled on the Museum’s third floor on April 1, 2004, after 32 days of extensive set building and preparation.
Dale Chihuly: The Collection features works from Chihuly’s best-known series, including Ikebanas, Macchias, Baskets, and Seaforms as well as the Waterford Crystal Chandelier, installed in the Museum’s theater lobby. Since its 2004 reopening, thousands of visitors have been through the exhibition, which continues to be a popular attraction and remains one of the most comprehensive collections of Chihuly glass in the world. The entire collection is anchored by the three-story Eleanor Blake Kirkpatrick Memorial Tower in the Museum’s atrium. Both the tower and the Waterford Crystal Chandelier are permanent installations and will remain on display.