Gallery  October 9, 2017  Barbara Basbanes Richter

Chihuly Nights at the New York Botanical Garden

New York Botanical Garden

Looking for something sparkly and bright to light up your crisp autumn nights? Look no further than the New York Botanical Garden's Chihuly Nights installation. Twenty of Dale Chihuly's distinctive glass sculptures take on an added shimmer when the sun goes down. NYBG staff strategically placed lighting fixtures around the garden so that the sculptures appear illuminated at night. Only Neon 206 has a lighting component.

Though NYBG last hosted a Chihuly exhibition back in 2006, this iteration aims to explore the evolution of the artist's style and processes through the presentation of Chihuly's early work and works on paper.

New York Botanical Garden

A prolific artist whose work is easily identified by his use of intense color and delicate linear decoration, Chihuly has been widely credited with revolutionizing the Studio Glass movement, which traces its origins to 1962 when ceramics professor Harvey Littleton and chemist Dominik Labino began experimenting with various glassblowing techniques at the Toledo Museum of Art.

Chihuly was Littleton's student at the University of Wisconsin, then went to RISD to found its own glass blowing program.

Chihuly is on view through October 29, 2017, and tickets for Chihuly Nights are available for Thursday through Sunday evenings from 6:30 to 10:30. Non-member tickets are $38, children $18; discounted tickets for members.

About the Author

Barbara Basbanes Richter

Barbara Basbanes Richter writes for Fine Books & Collections magazine and Art & Object. She’s also a professional ghostwriter.