Fired Up: Contemporary Glass by Women Artists from the Toledo Museum of Art is an innovative collaboration between The Mint Museum and the Toledo Museum of Art that presents work in glass by women through new, highly engaging interpretive strategies. Co-curated by the Mint’s Senior Curator of Craft, Design & Fashion, Annie Carlano, and Toledo’s Senior Curator of Decorative Arts and Glass, Jutta Page, Fired Up is the first American art museum ex
hibition to look at the many achievements of women working with glass, from the male-dominated Studio Glass Movement of the 1960s to 21st-century installations and mixed media works that illustrate the porous boundaries between art, craft, and design. Drawn entirely from the illustrious and comprehensive collection of the Toledo Art Museum’s Glass Pavilion, the exhibition features several recent acquisitions that debut in Charlotte.
Ranging in scale from the tiny to the monumental, an international array of approximately forty functional objects and sculpture will demonstrate the keen conceptual, design, and technical contributions of these underappreciated artists. Blown, cast, slumped, lamp worked, or made in unexpected ways, the glass work in Fired Up emphasizes the magical interaction of the medium with light.