Dan Friday

Resilience and Strength in Glass

Not Fragile at the Center for Contemporary Native Art at the Portland Art Museum

by STEPHANIE LITTLEBIRD

The history and human heritage associated with glass working is a lengthy one. Boasting over 3,600 years of documented evolution as an art form, glass is something we rarely think about due to its ubiquitous nature. However, it is a material integral to everyday life. From the windows in your home and car to the lightbulb above your head, glass is, quite literally, everywhere. As an art form it is associated with fragility or vulnerability. But, glass is remarkable because it can only be manipulated with temperatures at or above 2,800 degrees fahrenheit. As such, it is a material that requires strength, respect, and adaptability.

Not Fragile at the Center for Contemporary Native Art at the Portland Art Museum is a unique collection of glass works created by some of the Pacific Northwest’s premier Native artists, including Joe Feddersen, Dan Friday, Lillian Pitt, and Brittany Britton. The Center for Contemporary Native Art serves as a dedicated gallery showcasing the perspectives of working Indigenous artists. Not Fragile is currently on display through June 9th, 2019.

Continues…