December 13, 2014 — June 28, 2015
This glass art exhibition turns virtual relationships into tangible physical objects, and includes a community-wide social science experiment.
To create Charlotte’s Web, Charlotte Potter collected the profile pictures of 864 Facebook friends. She then made a small cameo glass portrait of each.
Potter mounted the portraits as pendants and arranged them by geography. A network of fine chains connect the portraits, and in so doing, creates a web of friendship—a visual map of the artist’s personal and professional connections.
“My work explores the space between myself and others both tangibly and metaphysically.”
A conceptual artist and designer, Potter holds a B.F.A. from Alfred University and an M.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design. Trained as a traditional glassblower, she has been a pioneer in developing glass as a performance and conceptual medium. She is known locally as the manager and program director of the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio.
Charlotte’s Web made its debut in 2012 at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. The exhibition, called Fusion: A New Century of Glass, featured 20 up-and-coming glass artists. That museum featured Potter in a short film discussing her work.
Charlotte’s Web was shown briefly at the Chrysler shortly before we closed for 16 months of renovations. It will be the anchor exhibition in our glass wing from Dec. 13, 2014, through June 28, 2015.
In conjunction with the show, you are invited to join in a project called #ChryslerConnections.
Pictures taken in an exhibition photo booth will be converted into cameo-style wearable buttons. You leave your image behind and take the button-cameo of another to wear around town. What are the odds that in this social-media connected world that you’ll meet the person you’re wearing in person?
We can’t wait to hear the stories of the connections, and remember the hashtag behind it all, #ChryslerConnections.