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Glass: Art. Beauty. Design

Historic and contemporary artworks from the collection of Marjorie Merriweather Post at Hillwood.

Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens presents a new exhibition, Glass: Art. Beauty. Design. from June 10, 2023 through January 14, 2024.

Transparent or opaque, fragile yet impervious, glass has inspired artists and designers, stimulated scientists and engineers, and captivated collectors with its beauty and practicality. 

Hillwood founder Marjorie Merriweather Post was no exception, and she amassed over 1,600 pieces of glass, created in the 17th-20th centuries in China, Western Europe, Russia, and the United States. 

This special exhibition will highlight this lesser-known aspect of Hillwood’s collection, featuring a range of styles and techniques, while placing the historic creations in dialogue with astounding contemporary artworks.

Hillwood’s collection includes glassware, decorative vases, candelabras, chandeliers, mirrors, and more, all of which speak to Marjorie Post’s love of entertaining and interior design. Glass will explore the depth and breadth of Post’s collection of historic pieces, placed alongside loans, and will contextualize the history of glass-making techniques. Additionally, the special exhibition will explore Post’s appreciation of early American glass for the first time, with objects that, as her daughter Eleanor Post Close once described, she “loved and collected for many years." Among the highlights on view will be rare monumental candelabras, newly attributed to the famous firm of Baccarat, which have not been on view since the 1930s.

Contemporary pieces on loan for the exhibition, by artists Karen LaMonte, Tim Tate, Joyce Scott, Beth Lipman, Fred Wilson, and Debora Moore, will highlight the enduring fascination with glass and developments in the landscape of glass art.

Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens is located at 4155 Linnean Avenue, NW.