Internationally Acclaimed Artist and Designer to Give Free Lecture at the Mint

Danny Lane will discuss glass commission for new Mint Museum Uptown

The Founders’ Circle Ltd., the national support affiliate of the Mint Museum of Craft + Design, announces that internationally acclaimed artist and designer Danny Lane will present the annual Founders’ Circle Lecture at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 1, 2009 at the Mint Museum of Art. The lecture is free and open to the public, and will be preceded by a cash bar opening at 5:45 p.m. Lane, who has been commissioned to design a large glass wall for the entryway of the Mint Museum of Craft + Design galleries in the new Mint Museum Uptown, will discuss his work in a lecture entitled The Journey Is Your Destination.

Lane (b. 1955) has worked in London since 1975. During the 1980s he was known as one of the “bad boys” of British Design, most celebrated for his edgy glass and metal furniture. Ranging from small-scale works to massive installations, his sculptures explore the strength of glass under compression, and combine feats of engineering and design to create fluid work that is breathtaking in its apparent simplicity and brilliant color.

Lane collaborates frequently with architects on monumental commissions. His works are also found in museums and both private and corporate collections worldwide. He is among the artists involved in Project Ten Ten Ten, a series of commissions for the new Craft + Design galleries from 10 international artists to celebrate the Mint Museum Uptown’s grand opening in the 10th month of 2010. Threshold, his commission for the Craft + Design entryway at the Mint Museum Uptown, will redefine the gallery’s architectural setting, enthralling the viewer through the manipulation of light and space within an undulating curtain of luminous glass. Other projects by Lane include Borealis (2005), one of the world’s largest glass sculptures created for General Motors in Detroit; Parting of the Waves (2001), two kinetic glass walls at Canary Wharf in London; and Balustrade (1994) at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.