Bergstrom Mahler Museum: Reflecting Perspectives Prompts Contemplation

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Bergstrom Mahler Museum: Reflecting Perspectives Prompts Contemplation

A piece by the De La Torre brothers during installation of the exhibit.

A piece by the De La Torre brothers during installation of the exhibit.

A piece by the De La Torre brothers during installation of the exhibit.

A piece by the De La Torre brothers during installation of the exhibit.

Maddie Bero, Student of Journalism

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Bergstrom Mahler Museum of Glass is opening a new exhibit called Reflecting Perspectives on April 18, which focuses on diversity and inclusion.

“The complex social, cultural and environmental challenges shaping our global landscape inform the artists’ works and provide a backdrop to the exhibition,” Casey Eichhorn, the assistant curator at BMMOG said.

Eichhorn hopes that the exhibition will spark dialogue related to the challenges it presents and additionally will bring younger audiences to the museum, as the questions that are posed are important to all generations.

The exhibit includes eight solo glass workers and a pair of brother artists. All of the pieces are lent to BMMOG for free from artists and galleries, but costs of publicity, shipping, and installation are part of every exhibit.

One piece, titled DNA (Do not absolve), is by the brothers Jamex and Einar De La Torre. It is a wall piece that shows a person trying to get away from the sins of his parents. According to the artists, he  “… [seeks] absolution, he sees the vines of [his] ancestors growing all over, keeping him from the solace that would mitigate the weight of history.”

The De La Torre brothers were born in the early 1960s, in Guadalajara, México and lived there until they moved to California in 1972. Between them, they have over 80 years of experience in glassworking. Some of their private collectors include Elton John.

Another of the artists, Pearl Dick, is from Chicago. Ms. Dick has been working with glass for over 15 years, and she is one of the co-founders of Project FIRE. It is not only an artist development program, but also provides trauma psychoeducation and medical treatment for youth injured by violence. Her art is inspired by human connection, whether it is for a moment or a lifetime.

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