Glass Museum Opens Exhibit on Diversity and Inclusion

Reflecting Perspectives exhibit presents work by glass artists addressing issues of race relations, immigration, politics, climate change, LGBTQ issues and stereotypes.
John Moran, "Protect and Serve" 2017
John Moran, "Protect and Serve" 2017
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NEENAH, Wis. - April 18, 2019 - PRLog -- The exhibit Reflecting Perspectives: Artist Confront Issues of Diversity and Inclusion opens Thursday at Bergstrom- Mahler Museum of Glass.  It features work from 11 artists with diverse cultural and societal backgrounds who use their art to comment on topics such as race relations, immigration, politics, climate change, and LGBTQ issues.

Artists exhibiting include Joyce Scott, Tim Tate, Helen Lee, Pearl Dick, Raven Skyriver, Patrick Wadley, John Moran, Preston Singletary, Marcus Amerman, and brothers Einar and Jamex De La Torre.

Because people are conditioned to expect that art be beautiful, some work in this exhibit may be shocking, disturbing and leave viewers searching for meaning.  The artists are using their voice to create awareness, ask questions, and seek some aspect of the truth that will lead to understanding.

Freedom of speech is the foundation of our communities and our nation. The works exhibited at Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass may awe, illuminate, challenge, unsettle, confound, provoke, and, at times, offend. We defend the freedom to create content and exhibit such work anywhere in the world, and we recognize the privilege of living in a country where creating, exhibiting, and experiencing such work is a constitutional right.

To exhibit a work of art is not to endorse the work or the vision, ideas, and opinions of the artist. It is to uphold the right of all to experience diverse visions and views. If and when controversies arise from the exhibition of a work of art, we welcome public discussion and debate with the belief that such discussion is integral to the experience of the art.

The museum is collaborating with Celebrate Diversity Fox Cities to encourage community dialogue on difficult topics and will facilitate discussions on third Thursdays between 5-7pm during Art After Dark events at the museum.  The exhibit is on view now through September 22, 2019.

The mission of Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass is to Engage, Excite and Educate our audience using our glass collection and temporary exhibitions. It is in this spirit that we present this exhibition.

About Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass
Bergstrom-Mahler Museum of Glass is a regional art museum with glass-focused programming. The museum has four permanent glass collections: the world's most representative collection of antique and contemporary glass paperweights, a stunning collection of Germanic drinking vessels dating from 1573, a collection of Victorian-Era decorative glass and an ever-growing collection of contemporary glass.  The museum also offers a schedule of temporary glass exhibitions, as well as studio classes in glass for youth and adults.

The museum operates as a private, not for profit, 501(c)(3) organization, independent of the City of Neenah and other organizations similarly named. Since it opened in 1959, museum general admission has been free for everyone, always; it relies on private and corporate donations to continue to do so. Hours:  Tuesday—Saturday 10:00—4:30pm and Sunday 1:00—4:30pm. Telephone:  920.751.4658.

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