It was 1977 when three art-school graduates, Erik Erikson, Joe Upham, and Richard Yelle, transported a glassblowing furnace in the back of a car to a downtown New York warehouse, thereby launching the first artist-access glass center in the U.S.
Glassblowing requires a steady hand, a sharp eye, a tolerance for heat, a fascination with fire, and the ability to work with light. For many glassblowers, going from tabletop to lighting is a natural extension of their work.
This fascinating manifestation of New York City history has been explored in the exhibit Dead Horse Bay: The Glass Graveyard of Brooklyn. Curated by writer Allison C. Meier, the exhibit is on display at the UrbanGlass until March 26th and features pieces from 13 artists, predominantly revolving around the theme of glass at Dead Horse Bay. The prevalence of glass is not only used as inspiration for the exhibit, but also to raise awareness about the site itself.
From Valentine’s Day to the Lunar New Year, February is a month filled with celebrations, beginning with the Public Art Fund‘s 40th Anniversary celebration. Here are 11 installations and exhibits to enjoy during February in New York City.