Living With Glass

Living With Glass

The Ed Cauduro and Dane Nelson Collections

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February 20, 2015 – May 16, 2015

Living with Glass delves into the life and mind of the collector, exploring the impulse to collect, and the delights of living amongst objects so fastidiously sought and acquired.

For well over five centuries, glass from the island of Murano, Italy has been desired by collectors of all persuasions, from leading scholars to day-trip tourists. The extraordinary skill of Murano’s glassmakers is indisputable. Veritable magicians, they transform cold material into explosions of light and color, encapsulated through the centuries in vases, sculptures, chandeliers, and tableware.

This exhibition draws from the private collections of Ed Cauduro and Dane Nelson, friends and fellow collectors, who shared a particular affection for Italian glass. Beginning with early-20th century pieces acquired by Cauduro’s Italian-born mother, Living with Glass features over 200 objects drawn from the red-hot furnaces of Murano, including works created by the most highly-regarded workshops on the island: Venini, Vetreria Aureliano Toso, Seguso Vetri d’Arte, Fratelli Toso, Barovier & Toso, and others.

Beyond providing a comprehensive look into the artisanal history and culture of Murano, Living with Glass illustrates the story of two confidants. Set within domestic arrangements inspired by Nelson’s home, the scope of glass artworks reveals hints of a personal relationship that was cultivated and strengthened through collecting and living with art and design.

Exclusively at Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art, Living with Glass is an exhibition about and for collectors. Through an exceptional survey of mid-20th century Italian glass, museum visitors will explore the ways that collections help us to cultivate our identity, domestic landscapes, and social relationships.


The J and S Bishop Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation · John Shipley


Anonymous · The Autzen Foundation · The Boeing Company · Broughton and Mary Bishop Family Advised Fund · J & S Bishop Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation · The Collins Foundation · Ed Cauduro Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation · The Robert & Mercedes Eichholz Foundation · The Ford Family Foundation · H.W. and D.C.H. Irwin Foundation · James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation · Native Arts & Cultures Foundation · Oregon Arts Commission · RACC and Work for Art · Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust · Walter Clay Hill and Family Foundation