True Blue: Indigo, Turquoise, Cobalt and Lapis Lazuli
The color blue evokes mystery, beauty and allure. It can express the intense exhilaration of a blue sky day, yet also suggests the pit of despair, as in singing the blues. For ages humans have mined the gems turquoise, lapis lazuli and cobalt and manipulated them to re-imagine the world in glass, enamel, ceramic glaze and striking adornment.
Objects in the exhibition will include:
Jewelry and adornment from the American Southwest, Tibet, Ladakh in Northern India, Central Asia and Africa.
Glass by anonymous craftsmen and by renowned contemporary American artist-craftsman Dale Chihuly.
Indigo garments and other textiles from Japan, Indonesia, Guatemala, Mexico and countries of Africa.
A traditional American wedding basket by acclaimed contemporary artist craftsman Billie Ruth Suduth.
An ancient Egyptian Mummy Mask in blue faience.