A kick in the glass

The Wichita Art Museum’s “Beth Lipman: All In Time” is a fantastic new exhibit.  I don’t want to give too many details away, and I have included only a small portion of the exhibit on this page.  My hope is that you will go check out the museum and see the exhibit for yourself.

First of all, you need to check out the “Living History” piece created by Beth Lipman for the Wichita Art Museum. It’s massive and worth spending some time to check it out. The glass, ceramics, metal, and wood installation weighs about three tons.

A little bit about the artist: Beth Lipman was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1971.

Lipman graduated from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in glass and fibers.

She also did residencies at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center and The Corning Museum of Glass.

Lipman lives and works in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin.

I know I made Jeremy very nervous as we walked around the exhibit. He was afraid I was going to break something while taking pictures. That’s fair, as I can be a klutz sometimes. We enjoyed the exhibit. We wondered how the installations were shipped and then put together. And if a piece of broken glass is a big deal in the grand scheme of things.

Here’s a look at some of the fantastic pieces in the Wichita Art Museum’s exhibit.

I was particularly drawn to this piece. Entitled “House Album” the 2022 piece gives “a selective portrait of the United States.” It’s filled with objects that represent important people and events in our history.

The stained glass windows are photos from Clara Barton’s home. She helped start the American Red Cross. The mothers panel represents the AIDS Quilt, also known as the NAMES Foundation AIDS Memorial Quilt. When Jeremy and I were in San Francisco we took a tour of the Castro which included a stop at where the quilt began. It’s a restaurant now, but it pays tribute to its past by displaying panels from the quilt.

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