Into the Grapevine Glass Show

Grapevine Glass Show 1Glass show’s have come to the Grapevine Convention Center several times since I’ve come to live in this Dallas suburb. Today I made it into one. I expected a lot of depression glass and found well, a lot of depression glass. I talked with some dealers briefly about what was selling. One answer was Pyrex from the 50s and 60s-the kitchen stuff. Also mid-century forms are doing well. Any glass I personally have is much older that what I found at this show where items range primarily from the 1920s through 1950s. It’s also different from an antiques show in that most of the dealers here deal with the same type of items. It’s the rare cases where the pattern is broken–like the dealer with vintage glass lighting fixtures–that made it interesting for me. I was also told there was usually a dealer from Florida who carries early pattern glass who didn’t make it to this show. The world of glass would seem to be able to stretch beyond the items you see here–into bottles, telegraph insulators and more flint glass.

I wondered if the people buying the items- particularly the old Pyrex for baking- would actually use it. My guess was yes, and that this is a crowd looking for items to use seemed clear with a loudspeaker announcement” “Would the woman looking for something to serve asparagus in please come to the front desk.”

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About Art After X

With the death of President Kennedy in 1963, America changed. As hard as it is to minimize that sentiment, the effect of Dallas was even greater. The same year saw the merging of the Dallas Museum for Contemporary Arts, which had been central to the art scene, and the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. Douglas MacAgy, then the director of DMCA, not only opposed the merger, but also declined to directorship of the combined museum. The regionalist movement which had been strong for decades, was giving way to more of an interest in what was going on nationally, and internationally. Like it or not, Dallas was on the national stage. When the Kennedy’s arrived in Fort Worth, local collectors had decorated a hotel room with internationally-renowned works. While the president and his wife learned a great deal about the ability of Texans to collect major art, there was little they could glean about the local scene in this era-defining city. With this in mind, we have begun a project to look not back at the art scene in Dallas, but foreword from 1963. We are interviewing gallery owners, curators and others involved in the art scene then, but this will be a story told mostly through interviews with artists active in the city from that point into the 1980s. The result will be a book with a video component. We hope you will join us in our journey. The hashtag for the project is #artafterx and the url will point to the latest updates on this weblog.

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