Glass artist Josh Simpson will speak about his work on Sunday, January 6, at 2 p.m. at the Springfield Museum of Fine Arts. The talk is free with the price of museum admission.
Simpson is perhaps best known for his planets: luminous glass spheres encasing kaleidoscopic landscapes, underwater scenes and vistas of outer space that reflect the Earth's vastness and complexity. The Shelburne Falls artist has found inspiration in NASA images of Earth and other celestial phenomenon. During his talk, Simpson will provide insights into his work, tracing the influences that have shaped his vision since his early experimentations with glass blowing in the 1970s. He will also discuss his recent commission from the Corning Museum of Glass to create a huge Megaplanet, the making of which was the subject of the PBS documentary Defying Gravity. At 107 pounds, the planet is the world's largest glass paperweight. The presentation has been planned in conjunction with Josh Simpson: A Visionary Journey in Glass, a retrospective exhibition of more than 100 works from the artist's personal collection, on view at the Museum of Fine Arts through February 3. Seating for the lecture is limited and will be available first-come, first-served. A reception for members of the Springfield Museums will follow the talk. For information about membership or to join, call 413.263.6800, ext. 255.