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posted Friday, January 11, 2019 - Volume 47 Issue 02
Nora Michaels delivers a great night of music at her 71st birthday show and CD release at Highway 99 Blues Club
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Tacoma Art Museum celebrates Grand Opening of the Rebecca & Jack Benaroya Wing on January 19 On Saturday January 19, Tacoma Art Museum (TAM) (1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma WA) will positively shimmer with excitement with the Grand Opening of the Rebecca and Jack Benaroya Wing. The museum will present three exhibitions that celebrate the ongoing contributions of studio art glass in the Northwest. Join the Grand Opening festivities, and be one of the first to experience the new galleries and exhibitions.

'Our history with glass art begins in 1971 with an exhibition of modern Danish glass and our acquisition of glass art to the permanent collection,' explains Executive Director David F. Setford. 'With our new Rebecca and Jack Benaroya Wing, TAM stands proudly as one of the nation's premier museums with studio art glass. The Benaroya Collection brings to our museum iconic works by Dale Chihuly, Howard Ben Tré, Lino Tagliapietra, and many other internationally acclaimed artists.' The Benaroya Collection joins the Dale Chihuly Collection, the Anne Gould Hauberg Collection, and the Paul Marioni Collection at TAM. These bring the total to more than 900 works of studio glass art in the permanent collection.

In conjunction with the exhibition, TAM will offer a new collection catalogue Metaphor into Form: The Rebecca and Jack Benaroya Collection. This volume fully illustrates all 353 works in the Benaroya collection, ranging from French glass of the 1930s to Northwest painting and sculptures to iconic works by artists closely associated with the Pilchuck Glass School. The catalogue also includes new scholarship by Tina Oldknow, former chief curator of the Corning Museum of Glass; Stefano Catalani, former artistic director of the Bellevue Arts Museum; Aruna D'Souza, art historian and curator; and Rock Hushka, TAM Chief Curator.

The opening exhibitions highlight the importance of the Pilchuck Glass School. 'Metaphor into Form: Art in the Era of the Pilchuck Glass School' brings together key works from the museum's collections that illuminate the extraordinary creativity and innovation that was sparked by artists working at Pilchuck. Highlights from the Benaroya Collection include Green Eye of the Pyramid III by Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová and Vienna by Clifford Rainey. Other works from TAM's permanent collection feature the scope and strength of the collection, notably works by Dante Marioni, Josiah McEleheny, Nancy Mee, and Cappy Thompson. Additional works featured include a selection of prints from the Pilchuck print shop, Blanket by Jen Elek, and Jewelry Window by Charles LeDray.

TAM also proudly introduces 'Debora Moore: Arboria.' This exhibition signals an ambitious new direction by Moore. By creating four life-size trees in glass, the artist explores the four seasons through sweeping forms adorned with dozens of glass blossoms that hint at the delicacy and lushness throughout the annual cycle. 'We are thrilled to have this opportunity to support Debora Moore's new vision,' reports Rock Hushka deputy director and chief curator. 'Her installation offers a magical experience made possible only by the beauty of glass.'

Other new projects at TAM include a selection of portraits by Mary Van Cline from The Documenta Series. In this new work, Van Cline seeks to make portraits of the artists, collectors, and leaders of the first generation of studio glass movement. Because of her long friendships and relationships with her subjects, Van Cline captures her sitters at ease and reveals enticing hints about their creative powers.

Also new at TAM will be the monumental installation Current by Martin Blank, newly installed in the museum's lobby. The artist captures the power and beauty of the Northwest environment through his 30-foot long glass sculpture.

The colors and forms of the glass mimic the reflections of light of the rushing waterways that crisscross the Puget Sound region.



Opening celebrations begin at 10 am with the first public access to the elegant and light-filled galleries designed by Olson Kundig and completed on time and on budget by JTM Construction. With the City of Tacoma's Bridge of Glass, the Museum of Glass, and the expanded offerings at TAM, Tacoma becomes one of the must-see destinations for supporters of studio glass art in the country.

Opening day activities include:

" Poetry readings inspired by glass art on view by SOTA, SAMI, and IDEA students

" Dance performance by Seattle artist Kate O'Day inspired by Martin Blank's Current

" Free lecture by William Warmus, former Chief Curator of the Corning Museum of Glass

" Jazz performance by 322

" Art making: Fused glass tile making by Hilltop Artists and monotype making in TAM Studio

For in-depth information on the new wing and related programming visit: http://bit.ly/Benaroya

About Jack and Becky Benaroya
Rebecca and Jack Benaroya have been major benefactors for cultural, educational, and medical organizations in the Pacific Northwest. The Benaroyas provided the seed money to help launch the Seattle Symphony's much-lauded performance venue, Benaroya Hall, which opened its doors in 1998. They also have supported the Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, as well as many other hospitals, charitable, and arts organizations.

Rebecca and Jack Benaroya were married for 70 years and have three children. They met as students at Seattle's Garfield High School. Jack Benaroya was a pioneering real-estate developer and community leader who, in 1956, built The Benaroya Company, which became the Northwest's largest privately held commercial real-estate company and continues today under the leadership of his son Larry.

Jack Benaroya's contributions to the Pacific Northwest have been recognized through a range of awards for his entrepreneurship, service, and philanthropy. Jack was a director of the Pilchuck Glass School, Seattle Chamber of Commerce, United Way of King County, Temple de Hirsch Sinai, Congregation Ezra Bessaroth, and the Stroum Jewish Community Center. Rebecca Benaroya continues to be an active community leader and arts patron, having served on numerous boards including the Pilchuck Glass School, Kline Galland Home, and McCallum Theatre in Palm Springs. She volunteered for over 28 years mentoring first- through third-graders at Sunny Sands Elementary School in Palm Springs. She is an avid bridge player.

About Tom Kundig and Olson Kundig
Seattle-based architectural firm Olson Kundig's portfolio includes museums, commercial and mixed-use design, exhibit design, interior design, places of worship, and residences, often for art collectors. Tom Kundig is one of the most recognized architects in North America. He has received some of our nation's highest design awards, including a 2008 National Design Award in Architecture Design from the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum; a 2007 Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters; and a total of 37 American Institute of Architects (AIA) awards. Olson Kundig received the 2009 National AIA Architecture Firm Award (as Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects) and has twice been named one of the Top Ten Most Innovative Companies in Architecture by Fast Company.

About JTM Construction
Seattle-based JTM is a leading full-service general contracting firm in the Puget Sound region. Founded with a vision to be positively engaged in building the neighborhoods, work places, and infrastructure support systems of the Pacific Northwest, the firm specializes in the development of performing arts centers, medical facilities, office, hotel, retail, parking structures and warehouses. JTM and its team built the Frye Art Museum, McCaw Hall, and Benaroya Hall, along with our local Tacoma neighbors, Museum of Glass and Lemay - America's Car Museum.

About Tacoma Art Museum
Celebrating over 80 years, Tacoma Art Museum is an anchor in Tacoma's downtown with a mission of connecting people through art. TAM's collection contains more than 5,000 works, with an emphasis on the art and artists of the Northwest and broader Western region, 25% of which consists of studio glass. The collection includes the largest retrospective museum collection of glass art by Tacoma native Dale Chihuly on permanent view; the most significant collection of studio art jewelry by Northwest artists; key holdings in 19th century European and 20th century American art; and one of the finest collections of Japanese woodblock prints on the West Coast. In 2012, TAM received a gift of more than 300 works of western American art from the Haub Family Collection, one of the premier such collections in the nation and the first major western American art museum collection in the Northwest. The Haub family also contributed $20 million for an endowment and expansion completed in 2014. TAM is located in the heart of Tacoma's vibrant Museum District, which consists of six museums including the Museum of Glass, a frequent collaborator.

HOURS: Tues-Sun, 10 am-5 pm; FREE Neighborhood Nights every Thursday 5-8 pm; Fourth Fridays 10 am-8 pm.

ADMISSION: $15 Adult, $13 Student/Senior (65+), $40 Family (2 adults and up to 4 children under 18), Children 5 and under free every day. Children 18 and under free every Saturday. TAM Members, active duty military, reservists, veterans, and their families always free.

LOCATION: Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma WA 98402.

CONTACT: 253-272-4258, TacomaArtMuseum.org, info@TacomaArtMuseum.org

Courtesy of Tacoma Art Museum

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Image credits: Martin Blank, Current, 1994. Glass, reclaimed wood, and metal, 162 × 360 × 96 in. Tacoma Art Museum, Gift of Rosalind Poll, 2018.2. Photo courtesy of the artist.
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