A Two-Way Mirror @ Museum of Glass

Contemporary glass by Black artists🪞

📸: Courtesy of the artist and Vessel Gallery, London | Photo by Duncan Price

📆 Ongoing
📍 Museum of Glass: 1801 Dock Street, Tacoma
📞 (253) 284-4750
⏰ Open Wednesday – Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm
🌙 Open late on the Third Thursday of every month with free admission from 5 – 8 pm

🎟 General admission is $20 for adults, $12 children (6-18), and free for children under 6

“It is a peculiar sensation, this double consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others…”

This W.E.B. Du Bois quote from his essay collection on Black life, The Souls of Black Folk, is a jumping-off point for the latest exhibition at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma. Curated by Jabari Owens-Bailey, A Two-Way Mirror presents a range of glass works from 23 African diasporic artists pushing the boundaries of glass and examining their own lives and identities. Though glass art gets a reputation for mostly being a white guy-dominated field, there’s a rich history of Black artists who have used glass for self-expression. With its reflective, transparent qualities, glass is the perfect medium to explore duality and perception.  

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There’s a spectrum of local, national, and international artists featured in this show, all of whom approach the medium from varying points of view. It includes: 

American artist Therman Statom. He constructs 3D glass sculptures of ladders, chairs, and houses using painted sheet glass and found materials.

Nigerian-born Layo Bright. She draws inspiration from Ife bronze heads, and Two-Way Mirror features two pieces from her “Adebisi” series. Each features a serene face made of kiln-formed glass surrounded by beautiful bunches of leaves. 

British artist Christopher Day. He manipulates and contorts colorful, stripey glass into bulbous shapes using copper tubing and rope to comment on the harsh treatment of Black folks in both the United States and the United Kingdom. 


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Jas Keimig

Jas Keimig is an arts and culture writer in Seattle. Their work has previously appeared in The Stranger, i-D, Netflix, and Feast Portland. They won a game show once and have a thing for stickers.