National Liberty Museum presents ‘Spacelab: An Interstellar Exhibit of Glass Art’

PHOTO COURTESY of WES VALDEZ
“Bow Shock” by Wez Valdez.
PHOTO COURTESY of WES VALDEZ “Bow Shock” by Wez Valdez.
PHOTO COURTESY OF JAMES LABOLD
“Icarus” by James Labold.
PHOTO COURTESY OF JAMES LABOLD “Icarus” by James Labold.

“Spacelab: An Interstellar Exhibit of Glass Art,” a new installation at the National Liberty Museum, examines humanity’s relationship with the universe, including space travel; extraterrestrial beings and intergalactic discoveries; and the vastness and mystery of space.

Howthe heck can they do that with glass?

Space has captured our imaginations since the dawn of time. Glassmaking is a medium that involves a lot of imagination and innovation. See the connection? This collection of works by 28 artists and collaborative teams ranges from whimsical and mystical to elegant and awe-inspiring.

Where in Philadelphia is the National Liberty Museum?

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In the historic district at 321 Chestnut St. It’s open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through summer.

They usually have a bunch of glass art there, don’t they?

The museum has a Glass Access Gallery on the lower level that features temporary glass exhibits of various themes throughout the year. “Spacelab” is on view through Sept. 7, and all works in the show are available for purchase. Glass is the primary featured art at the museum because, according to the museum’s website, “it makes the point that freedom is fragile like glass.”

Does the National Liberty Museum charge admission?

$7, $6 for seniors, $5 for students, $2 for children 5 to 17, $15 for families with two adults and two children (additional children are $2 each).

Tell me more about the museum.

Open since 2000, the National Liberty Museum “brings liberty to life through stories of people whose character and courage have expanded liberty for all. The museum’s exhibits, educational experiences and public programs inspire visitors to think about liberty as an ongoing human quest that we all share.” It tells the stories of thousands of heroes like Jackie Robinson, Nelson Mandela, Jim Henson and 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai and has a replica of the Liberty Bell, the 21-foot glass sculpture “Flame of Liberty” by Dale Chihuly and a three-story exhibition paying tribute to the heroes of 9/11. Learn more at www.libertymuseum.org, @NationalLibertyMuseum on Facebook, @LibertyMuseum on Twitter and @nationallibertymuseum on Instagram.