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guinness-demonstrationDaily Live Demonstration:
Guinness Collection of Mechanical Musical Instruments and Automata
Every Tuesday – Sunday, 2:00PM

Join us in the galleries for an historical overview and live demonstration of some of the mechanical musical instruments and automata from the Museum’s Murtogh D. Guinness Collection. This custom designed, 4300 sq.ft. permanent exhibit features 150 superb examples of early mechanical musical entertainment. From precious smalls that can fit in the palm of your hand, to the huge 9 foot tall European Dance Hall Orchestrion.

Free with Museum admission.

From Murano to Seattle: Lino Tagliapietra’s Journey  

Sunday, April 23, 1:00PM Sold out!


Join Andrew Page, the editor-in-chief of GLASS: The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly, for a lecture on the life and art of world-renowned glass master Lino Tagliapietra.

Tagliapietra born in 1934 on the Venetian island of Murano in Italy, earned the title of maestro (master) at the age of 21. He could have continued on as a celebrated virtuoso of traditional techniques, but he was restless. In 1979, he traveled to the Pilchuck Glass School north of Seattle, where he began to share closely-held glassblowing secrets with American artists, a new generation of whom were eager to learn the centuries-old methods. Tagliapietra’s encounters were a two-way street, and the then-45-year-old maestro was inspired by the American spirit of experimentation to develop new ways of working with glass. The results over the past three-and-a-half decades have been ground-breaking works that harness time-honored decorative techniques in service of an abstract sculptural vision that celebrates Tagliapietra’s extensive travels and experiences.

Tickets: Free for Museum Members; $5 (plus Museum admission) for Non-Members.
Advanced registration required.

Image: Lino Tagliapietra. Photo: Russell Johnson.