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This symposium, “Pipe Art: Understudied Glass,” considers
the glass pipe as a fluid work of art fundamental to the art history of
glass. Sometimes demoted by law or public opinion to the category of
“paraphernalia,” the artwork of the pipe nonetheless defies its sometimes
categorization as sub-sculpture. Celebrated artists Kim Thomas and Dan Coyle, whose works are featured in
the current exhibition, and Luken Sheafe, whose artist name is SALT,
will present their intensely wrought, figural, and in the case of Thomas,
sometimes kinetic, pipes.
Joined by Susie J.
Silbert, Curator at the Corning Museum of Glass, these artists
will further contextualize their work within the burgeoning field of
pipe-making. The symposium additionally will consider historical glass
that is sometimes demoted by structures of power and hierarchy and
therefore figures in an understudied cultural history of the United
States. Art historian Joseph Larnerd will illuminate the
rich personal history and aesthetic power of a 1909 cut glass bowl, and Jason Vartikar will reflect on 19th-century