Museum of Contemporary Craft presents Living with Glass: The Ed Cauduro and Dane Nelson Collections

Release date: 02/13/15

Living with Glass


For Immediate Release

February 13, 2015

Lisa Radon 971-242-3862

Becca Biggs, Director of Communications 971-242-3860

Museum of Contemporary Craft presents Living with Glass: The Ed Cauduro and Dane Nelson Collections

Portland, OR—February 13, 2015—Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) presents an exhibition of more than 200 works of Italian glass in the exhibition Living with Glass: The Ed Cauduro and Dane Nelson Collections which opens February 20 and runs through May 16, 2015.

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 allows a rare glimpse into 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 furnaces of Murano, including works created by the most highly-regarded workshops on the island: Venini, Anzolo Fuga, Cenadese & Co., Barovier & Toso, and others.

Beyond providing a comprehensive look into the artisanal history and culture of Murano, 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. The objects in the exhibition are set alongside images of domestic arrangements inspired by Nelson’s home.

Living with Glass is an exhibition about and for collectors. Through this presentation 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.

Presenting Sponsor: Ed Cauduro Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation
Additional support: J and S Bishop Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation
John Shipley

Also on view
Extra Credit: Students Mine the Collection
January 31 – July 11, 2015
Museum of Contemporary Craft
Students in the PNCA’s Winter Session curatorial intensive led by Nicole Nathan and Victor Maldonado have designed and executed an exhibition drawing upon the Museum’s permanent collection through the exploration of curatorial practices, hands-on learning, and creative inquiry. They mined the collection with individual lines of inquiry including: How do we understand the body? How do we define beauty? How do we activate the collection? Why do we keep broken things in the collection?

Committed to the advancement of craft since 1937, Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art is one of Oregon’s oldest cultural institutions. Centrally located in Portland’s Pearl District, the Museum is nationally acclaimed for its curatorial program and is a vibrant center for investigation and dialogue, expanding the definition of craft and the way audiences experience it.

As Oregon’s flagship college of art and design since 1909, Pacific Northwest College of Art has helped shape Oregon’s visual arts landscape for more than a century. PNCA students study with award-winning faculty in small classes. Since 2008, PNCA has doubled both the student body and full-time faculty, quadrupled its endowment, and added innovative undergraduate and graduate programs. PNCA recently moved into the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design, flagship of its new campus on Portland’s North Park Blocks. PNCA’s new home is a bustling hub for creativity and entrepreneurship, reflecting the influential role of art and design in our 21st century economy – both in Portland and beyond. For more information, visit

image: Mario Gallucci, MFA VS ’14