DuGrenier to speak at Brattleboro Museum & Art Center tonight

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BRATTLEBORO — The Brattleboro Museum & Art Center presents a free talk at the museum by artist Robert DuGrenier tonight at 7:30 p.m. DuGrenier will be discussing his current installation, "Handle With Care," on view at BMAC all summer.

"Handle With Care" is a collection of sculptures combining blown glass with remnants of tools left behind after a 2015 fire destroyed DuGrenier's historic barn and killed many of his animals.

"This exhibit materially manifests a deeply personal, even therapeutic, exploration of grief," says BMAC Chief Curator Mara Williams.

"I'm interested in challenging viewers," DuGrenier explains, "piquing their interest and curiosity, leading them to question whether the tools are now usable and to ask themselves, 'what would happen if one swung a glass-handled axe?'"

DuGrenier has maintained a studio in Townshend since 1980, making sculpture out of glass, marble, and metal. Over the course of his career, DuGrenier has made custom glass pieces for Tiffany & Co., the Ritz Paris, and Harry Winston, and designed award sculptures for MTV, CMT, VH1, and Nickelodeon. He has created much of his artwork in response to nature and its forms, including fashioning glass shells for hermit crabs. Notable on the long list of his artistic achievements, DuGrenier was commissioned as part of the 1986 Statue of Liberty Centennial Restoration to create the 1/12-scale model for the statue's new torch.

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