Get ready for a blockbuster outdoor art exhibition, when CHIHULY opens at The New York Botanical Garden on April 22nd. Nearly two dozen 20 amazing glass installations by world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly will be on view at NYBG, through mid-October. Many of the pieces were designed specifically for NYBG.
This exhibit marks Chihuly’s first such show in New York City in a decade, and includes drawings and early works that reveal the evolution and development of of his art and glass making process.
The photo above is from the visit by NYC ON THE CHEAP editor Evelyn Kanter to the Chihuly exhibit at the Denver Botanical Garden a couple of years ago. The boat filled with glass balls is also at the NY Botanical Garden exhibit.
There also are permanent Chihuly installations at the Norton Simon Museum in Palm Beach and the Bellagio in Las Vegas.
The Chihuly exhibit at BBG includes a monumental new work inspired by his storied 1975 Artpark installation, around the Native Plant Garden and the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory Courtyard’s Tropical Pool, reflecting the interplay and movement of color and light.
Special weekend celebrations, films, poetry, and fun-filled art programs for kids offer colorful and imaginative tributes to nature.
On CHIHULY Nights, the exhibition is infused with a magical energy as the artworks are spectacularly illuminated amid NYBG’s sweeping vistas and magnificent Conservatory.
One of the greatest botanical gardens in the world, NYBG is a 250-acre sanctuary in the Bronx, just 20 minutes from midtown Manhattan, easily accessible by public transport.
Getting to NYBG
For visitors staying at other hotels, Metro-North Railroad offers an NYBG Getaway Package that includes an All-Garden Pass and a round-trip train ticket from Grand Central Terminal to the Botanical Garden Station in just 20 minutes. The package can be purchased at any Metro-North ticket window or kiosk in Grand Central Terminal. Visit Metro-North Railroad for more details.
About the artist:
Dale Chihuly, an American artist, has mastered the translucent and transparent qualities of ice, water, glass and neon, to create works of art that transform the everyday experience. He is globally renowned for his ambitious site-specific installations in public spaces as well as exhibitions presented in museums and gardens worldwide.
Chihuly is globally renowned for his ambitious site-specific architectural installations in public spaces, and in exhibitions presented in more than 250 museums and gardens worldwide including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Museum, and the Corning Museum of Glass. Major exhibitions include Chihuly Over Venice (1995–96); Chihuly in the Light of Jerusalem (1999); Garden Cycle (2001–present); de Young Museum in San Francisco (2008); the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2011); Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond (2012); and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Canada (2013). Chihuly Garden and Glass opened at Seattle Center in 2012. Chihuly’s lifelong fascination with glasshouses has grown into a series of exhibitions within botanical settings.
Chihuly at NYBG is through October 19th
photo (C) Evelyn Kanter; all rights reserved