• FEBRUARY 1, 2020 - JANUARY 17, 2021
  • Wichita Art Museum, Wichita
  • February 1, 2020 to
    January 17, 2021
  • Category: Art & Museum Exhibits

Event Details

  • February 1, 2020 to
    January 17, 2021
  • 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • $5-$10 general admission
  • Free gallery admission on Saturdays


Event Description

Preston Singletary, Dleit Yeil (White Raven), 2018. Blown, hot-sculpted, and sand-carved glass, 19 1/4 x

The art of internationally regarded Preston Singletary fuses time-honored glassblowing traditions with Pacific Northwest Native art. Specifically, Singletary honors his ancestral Tlingit culture, a tribe centered in southern Alaska. His art features transformation, animal spirits, basketry designs, and Tlingit form lines. In Tlingit culture, objects that incorporate elements from the natural world tell foundational stories as well as histories of individual native families. Singletary mines this rich past into a seamless fusion of contemporary art, glass, and evolving Tlingit tradition. “Raven and the Box of Daylight” features those qualities of Singletary’s exceptional artmaking that have earned him a sterling international reputation. Countless generations of Native American children have heard the story of Raven, a bird spirit whose fantastical journey transforms darkness into light. Tlingit oral history has preserved the rich narratives that are foundational for the Northwest culture, and Raven helped shape the world and released the stars, moon, and sun. In the exhibition, this story unfolds as visitors progress through one scene and staged environment more beautiful and arresting than the last. Recordings of storytellers pair with original music and Northwest soundscapes. Projected imagery and theatrical lighting complete the gallery experience. The artist is now internationally revered, and his art is included in collections including The British Museum in London, National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh, Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Smithsonian Institution in D.C., and Seattle Art Museum, among many others.

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