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Ray illuminates Glass Pavilion in commemorative book | Black History Month offers social, scholarly, arts events
Katerina Rüedi Ray
Ray illuminates Glass Pavilion in commemorative book

Playful, enchanting, welcoming and ingenious in its design, the Glass Pavilion at the Toledo Museum of Art seems to defy gravity as it provides a showcase for the museum’s extensive collection of glass art objects. It is the topic of a new book from the museum, “The Glass Pavilion,” published in celebration of its 10th anniversary. Dr. Katerina Rüedi Ray, director of BGSU’s School of Art, has written one of the three essays in the book, on the architectural importance of the curving, transparent structure.

“It’s an absolutely beautiful book,” Ray said, “beautifully produced, with gorgeous photographs and a curved corner that echoes the design of the building.”

In “A Clear Vision: The Glass Pavilion in Context,” Ray brings her expertise in architectural design and theory to an examination of the building’s place in history and in its community. Designed by the Pritzker Prize-winning firm SANAA (Sejima and Nishizawa and Associates), it is the only glass museum actually made of glass. It is especially appropriate for Toledo, historically a center of glass production and innovation, Ray said. She notes that the Toledo Museum itself was founded by glass magnate Edward Drummond Libbey of Libbey Glass. The pavilion is also unique in that, in addition to being an exhibition space, it is also home to “hot glass” studios where visitors can watch glass artists at work and functions as a community space for social gatherings.

“It’s a major building in the history of modern architecture,” she said.


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Black History Month offers social, scholarly, arts events

A full month of events is planned for February at BGSU in commemoration of Black History Month. In addition to nearly daily student-oriented activities, the University invites the community to participate in numerous events related to culture, history and social issues.

BGSU will participate in the Feb. 9 meeting of Not In Our Town, the joint BGSU-city of Bowling Green initiative to reject violence and intolerance and promote diversity and inclusion. The meeting will be held from 5-7 p.m. in the Wood County District Public Library Community Room, 251 N. Main St.

The BGSU Theatre and Film department will present “The Winter Barrel,” written and directed by faculty member Dr. Eileen Cherry-Chandler. The Readers Theatre production features three related short stories about the moral dilemmas facing young black girls growing up in a violent urban America. The performance is free and begins at 8 p.m. Feb. 9 in the Conrad Choral Room at the Wolfe Center for the Arts.

A series of films throughout the month will explore aspects of black life and history. All screenings are free and begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Gish Film Theater in Hanna Hall.


Elizabeth “Betsy” Allgeier, 75, a professor emeritus of psychology, died Oct. 9 in California. She taught at the University from 1980 to 2004.


The Popular Culture Association, American Culture Association and BGSU are jointly sponsoring a summer research institute on the Bowling Green campus. “Exploring the Archives: Fifty Years of Popular Culture” will introduce a small group of scholars from across the country and abroad to the research and pedagogical treasures of the University's exceptional collections.

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