Asian Artists in Crystal: Steuben Glass at Sunnylands celebrated the 60th anniversary of the creation of the crystal series by Steuben Glass of Corning, New York. Steuben Glass created the series at the request of the United States State Department, which was interested in establishing friendly connections throughout Asia and the Near East. Artists in these regions were invited to submit drawings representative of their cultural history and identity. In 1955, drawings by 36 Asian artists from 16 countries were chosen for copper wheel glass engraving. Steuben designers created glass objects inspired by the drawings that were then transposed onto crystal. In 1971, the Annenbergs acquired this 36-piece crystal collection, which is the only complete set in existence. After the exhibition at the Center & Gardens, the pieces were returned to their original display gallery inside the historic home, where guests can experience the collection on the historic house tour.
The exhibition was on view from January 28, 2016, through May 28, 2017
Diplomacy through the arts
HISTORIC FILM: ASIAN ARTISTS IN CRYSTAL
A 17-minute black-and-white documentary film was produced by the Thomas Craven Film Corporation and presented by the United States Information Service, in cooperation with Steuben Glass and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. This 1956 film features the exhibition as it was displayed at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and includes brief explanations about selective designs. The film was screened in Australia at the Sixth Melbourne Film Festival in June 1957
The exhibition catalog Asian Artists in Crystal: Steuben Glass at Sunnylands contains two essays. One is by Frank Lopez, who began working at Sunnylands in 2009 and has been instrumental in the creation and ongoing development of the Sunnylands Collection archives and library. The second essay was written by William Warmus, a fellow of the Corning Museum of Glass. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including biographies of Louis C. Tiffany, René Lalique, and Dale Chihuly.
A digital version of the catalog Asian Artists in Crystal: Steuben Glass at Sunnylands is available for download.
Print edition is available for purchase in the Sunnylands gift shop, in-store and online.