Made possible by donation of funds and art valued at $35 million from Richard and Carolyn Barry, the museum represents the largest donation in the school’s history, according to a press release from ODU.
The 24,000-square-foot museum features two stories of art in three main focuses: international glass sculpture, 20th century American modernist pairings and historic fashion dolls and European automata. Some of the artists represented are Dale Chihuly, Lino Tagliapietra, Harvey Littleton, the founder of the American studio glass movement, and more!
Dale Chihuly has previously had his handmade glass sculptures featured in museums in the area, including in Virginia Beach’s Virginia Museum of Contemporary art and Norfolk’s the Chrysler Museum. His work is also currently being featured at the Biltmore in Asheville, N.C. Chihuly’s work in the Barry museum is a 600-pound handmade chandelier that features more than 272 hand-blown glass elements.
The Barry Museum will also feature the work “Dove” by renowned sculptor Stanislav Libensky. Featuring more than 210 components, the 7-square-foot sculpture has become famous due to its historical relation to the Communist history of the Czech Republic. Libensky also has work featured in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
The museum will also feature works by current and former ODU faculty, including A.B. Jackson, Charles Sibley and Fay Zetlin, as well as other gifts of art by local donors.
A public open house is planned for Nov. 14 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. It is located on the corner of Hampton Boulevard and 43rd Street in Norfolk.