July 26-27, 2014: MCGAG Weekend in Indiana
Twenty-six members of MCGAG spent a wonderful weekend in Indiana on July 26-27. We met on the campus at Ball State University in Muncie. Our first stop was the David Owsley Museum of Art to see the exhibit “Without Camouflage,” which featured the art of Daphna Kaffeman and Silvia Levenson. These two artists use glass to create art which is a social commentary rather than aesthetically pleasing. It was a very interesting experience for all of us.
Our next stop was the Mennetrista, a museum founded by the Ball Company. The beautiful building was the setting for the exhibit “Expressions in Glass”, featuring a number of international artists. This exhibit was curated by Kaffeman and Levenson.
Our final stop of the day was at the home of two collectors. We were thrilled by the magnificent pieces by some of the most renowned glass artists in the world.
After dinner in a lovely restaurant in Muncie, we retired to our hotel for the night. On Sunday, we began with a visit to the Marilyn Glick Center for Glass, the home of Ball State’s glass art program. We were all impressed by the quality of the facilities and the variety of experiences available to the students.
We then left Muncie and proceeded toward Indianapolis. Before reaching the city, we stopped at the suburban home of the Friedlanders for a tour of another exceptional home collection. Their beautiful modern home is packed with wonderful glass art of all kinds.
Last but not least, we arrived at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. It is a very impressive museum with many interesting exhibits. Their collection of glass art from the 1960’s through the 1980’s was donated by Marilyn Glick and has been recently placed on view to the public. We enjoyed seeing early examples of work by many well-known artists.
Although many of us spent several hours in travel each day, we very much enjoyed our trip. Thanks to Marilyn Cohen for arranging it.
Photos by Bob Weissman