Master glassmaker Giampaolo Seguso debuts his most recent body of work, La Settimana Santa (Holy Week)


Lecture - poetry reading at 5 p.m. on Monday, April 14, 2014
Fairfield University's DiMenna-Nyselius Library, Fairfield, Connecticut

Image: SpiderwebMaster glassmaker, artist, poet, and philosopher Giampaolo Seguso will debut his most recent body of work, La Settimana Santa (Italian for 'Holy Week'), in a lecture-poetry reading at 5 p.m. on Monday, April 14, 2014, at Fairfield University's DiMenna-Nyselius Library. Mr. Seguso's program is entitled: "A Personal Synthesis between Spirit and Substance in the Art of Murano Glassmaking." La Settimana Santa is acollection of five Murano glass artworks which are engraved with Mr. Seguso's poetry. The works are an artistic, spiritual, and philosophical homage to the most sacred moments of the Catholic Holy Week. They will be on exhibit at Fairfield University's DiMenna-Nyselius Library, April 14, 2014, through June 13, 2014, marking the first time these works are available for public viewing.There is free admission to the lecture and to the DiMenna-Nyselius Library, which is open a variety of hours.

This lecture is being presented in conjunction with Mr. Seguso's current exhibition of original glassworks, La Ragnatela/The Spiderweb: Works by Giampaolo Seguso from The Corning Museum of Glass, on view at Fairfield University's Bellarmine Museum of Art, April 10, 2014, through June 13, 2014. A native of Murano, Italy, Giampaolo Seguso represents the 22nd generation of his family's glassmaking dynasty whose internationally renowned works have been exhibited in the most important museums in the world and are widely admired for their visionary approach. Mr. Seguso recently continued his family's tradition of working with the Vatican by creating the monstrance that Pope Benedict XVI used during his mass in Venice in 2011. During his lecture, Mr. Seguso will discuss his family's legacy of six centuries of glassmaking, the artist's personal journey, and his desire to forge a new and unique artistic path in Murano glass by giving a soul to physical art through poetry. The inspiration and meaning behind the glass artworks and poems from La Settimana Santa will be explored in his talk.

The Bellarmine Museum of Art is open Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and on select Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is always free. For more information, call the Bellarmine Museum of Art at (203) 254-4046, or visit www.fairfield.edu/museum. The Bellarmine Museum of Art is located in Bellarmine Hall on the campus of Fairfield University, 1073 North Benson Road in Fairfield, Connecticut.

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Posted on April 7, 2014

Vol. 46, No. 258