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Complementary Contrasts: The Glass and Steel Sculptures of Albert Paley
Through Aug. 19
Located in the North and the Viola A. Chihuly Galleries
“Complementary Contrasts: The Glass and Steel Sculptures of Albert Paley” highlights the significance of glass in the body of work of celebrated sculptor Albert Paley (American, born 1944). Though best known for his metal sculptures, Paley has incorporated glass in many commissions and creative works for over a decade. These sculptures demonstrate his commitment to innovation and a synthesis of many of the key elements that distinguish his oeuvre.
Though glass and steel share similar properties under intense heat, it is the complementary characteristics of the final forms that appeal to Paley. “My work deals with a lot of contrast. Glass pairs beautifully with steel because it creates a dialogue of opposites. The contour, clarity, and color of glass – metal responds to that,” Paley states.

Made at the Museum: Opaque/Pellucid
Through Sept. 23
Located in the Grand Hall
Drawing from the museum’s visiting artist residency archives, this pop-up exhibition showcases work made with the absence of color, placing emphasis on form, opacity, technique, and concept. The contributing artists include Daniel Clayman, Laura De Santillana, Luke Jerram, Beth Lipman, and Charles Parriott.

Foraging the Hive: Sara Young and Tyler Budge
May 26 through March 2019
Located in the Leonard and Norma Klorfine Foundation Gallery
“Foraging the Hive” investigates the similarities between beehives and human creativity. Artists Tyler Budge (American, born 1972) and Sara Young (American, born 1960) began their collaborative project in 2005. The large-scale installation, inspired by the inner-workings of the beehive, will speak to the associations with our culture’s obsessive work ethic, the act of collaboration and labor. In conjunction with Pierce County Beekeepers Association, the exhibition will include a working beehive, on display on the plaza outside the museum, and accessible via webcam. Additionally, a bee-friendly garden has been planted near the hive house. Washington State University Master Gardeners assisted in the plant selection and planting process. Visitors will be invited to create their own honeycomb test tube and add to an installation in the museum’s Grand Hall.

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