To see “through a glass” — or mirror — “darkly” is to have an obscure or imperfect vision of reality. The expression comes from the writings of the Apostle Paul; he explains that we do not now see clearly, but at the end of time, we will do so.
Historically, glass has augmented human perception, allowing us to view parts of the world that are otherwise elusive to our limited natural senses. While revealing the miniscule and distant, preserving the fleeting, and encapsulating the fragile and reactive, glass also obscures our perception of the very things it helps us to observe. The nature of the material is two-sided; it both enhances and subverts vision. Glass is an instrument for enlightenment, and at the same time, it is a driver of misinformation.
Through a Glass, Darkly will include new and recent works by artists working with glass and glass-related materials and processes, exposing the material’s dual nature. This exhibit will span across six galleries and will occupy more than 6,000 square feet. Selected works will engage the historical promise and power of the material to reveal and to bring clarity, while challenging viewers to acknowledge an inherent interconnectedness between enhancement and distortion.