Global Cities

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Object Name: 
Global Cities
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Installation, "Global Cities". Blue, black, purple, white and colorless glass, stainless steel cables, inkjet print on vinyl, MDF; reticello, blown, assembled. Room sized installation consisting of thirty-three hanging blown glass pendants in black, purple, blue, and colorless glass with white reticello patterning, vinyl map displayed on custom MDF plinths, vinyl renderings on the wall.
Viviano, Norwood (American, b. 1972), Source
Visions and Revisions
Renwick Gallery 2016-09-09 through 2017-01-08
Michigan Artist Series Norwood Viviano: Global Cities
Grand Rapids Art Museum 2015-11-19 through 2016-02-07
Since the 19th century, artists have made the city and urban life a frequent subject of their work. A visual artist and educator with a deep interest in the social sciences, Norwood Viviano creates mixed media installations of sculpture, text, and graphic elements. Global Cities comprises a group of hand-blown glass sculptures, suspended from the ceiling, each of which represents an international city, such as Grand Rapids, Rome, or Beijing. The size and shape of these glass objects is determined by the city’s age and population growth. The information on display throughout the installation ties together various cultural, social, and economic factors that have shaped the history and life of these urban centers.
Recent Important Acquisitions (2018) illustrated, p. 113 (left); BIB# 714834
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 2017 (2018) illustrated, p. 22; BIB# 716596
Acquisitions (2018) illustrated, pp. 52-53; BIB# 716602
Objects in Focus (2017) illustrated, pp. 14-15; BIB# 703984
Mapping the World's Great Cities in a Most Unusual, Yet Visually Arresting, Fashion (2016-10-07)BIB# AI103945
Suspended Glass Sculptures Visualize Cities’ Population Booms (2016-01-26)BIB# AI103887
Profile in Excellence: Seeing Implications with Norwood Viviano (2016) illustrated, pp. 24-25; BIB# AI104176
Renwick Invitational 2016: visions and revisions (2016) illustrated, 108; BIB# 168012
The Aesthetics of Information: Norwood Viviano’s Global Cities at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (2015-12-18)BIB# AI103935