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15 Oct. 2014 | Bowling Green State University

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Celia Bertoia, daughter of Midcentury Metalsmith Harry Bertoia, will speak at the start of the New Music Festival of Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Two occasions call for celebration: the return of the Bertoia sounding sculpture after extensive repairs, as well as a Bertoia monotypes exhibition currently displayed in the gallery. She will give a brief background of the monotypes and also speak about how the tonal sculpture first came about. She has just finished Bertoia’s biography, due out in early 2015, and thus has plenty of technical facts along with personal stories to tell.

Celia Bertoia will speak on Wednesday, October 15th at 6 pm, Willard Wankelman Gallery, Fine Arts Center, Bowling Green University, Bowling Green, Ohio.

Nathalie Miebach will also speak about her unusual works, which are displayed alongside of Bertoia.

Hope you can join us! More details


Mar 14 – Oct 11 2015 | The Jewelry of Harry Bertoia


Former Cranbrook Academy of Art student and metalsmithing instructor Harry Bertoia (1915–1978) has received international acclaim for his metal furniture and sculpture, but his exploration of the medium originated in jewelry design. Out of the hundreds of jewelry works attributed to Bertoia, the majority was produced during his years at Cranbrook, offering an early glimpse of a creative vision that would crystallize as his career matured.  The Jewelry of Harry Bertoiaexamines the artist’s experimentations with form, dimension, and fabrication on a concentrated and bankable scale—establishing Bertoia as a pioneer of the American Studio Jewelry movement and a master of elevating fashionable adornment to objet l’art.

The Jewelry of Harry Bertoia was organized by Cranbrook Art Museum and curated by Shelley Selim, the Art Museum’s 2013-2015 Jeanne and Ralph Graham Collections Fellow.  Cranbrook Art Museum is supported, in part, by its membership organization, ArtMembers@Cranbrook; the Museum Committee of Cranbrook Art Museum; and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Oct. 4 | Celia Bertoia at Tucson Modernism


Harry Bertoia: The Man, the Artist, the Visionary in participation with Tuscon Modernism ($5 ticket)
11:30 AM at the Faith Lutheran Church in Tuscon Arizona, located at 3925 E 5th St., Tuscon, Arizona.

Come join the Harry Bertoia Foundation and Tuscon Modernism for an informative and dynamic talk. Celia’s unique insight and humor have brought audiences to their feet. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear her speak.

For more details, please contact Celia Bertoia at the Harry Bertoia Foundation,
587-8297 celiabertoia@harrybertoia.org

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Harry Bertoia Gallery official opening

Saturday, September 13, 2014 the Harry Bertoia Gallery in Pordenone has been officially inaugurated. Until January 11, 2015 the gallery will host the photo exhibition ”Ashes / Ceneri. Tales of a photoreporter.” by Pierpaolo Mittica.

The  permanent installation at the entrance to the exhibition is meant as a tribute to the man and the artist Harry Bertoia.

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A video running continuously at the entrance highlights the salient moments of the human and artistic life of Harry Bertoia.

Photo credits: Guglielmo Gregoris, Danilo Rommel

Press conference for the inauguration of the Harry Bertoia Gallery in Pordenone

On September the 13th, 2014, at 6 PM, the new Harry Bertoia Gallery will be officially inaugurated with the opening of the photographic exhibition “Ashes/Ceneri – Tales of a photoreporter”. On show 150 most significant pictures between those taken by the Friulian photographer Pierpaolo Mittica.

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The exhibition is curated by Angelo Bertani. We are proud to have Angelo in our team, the Amici di Harry Bertoia, as curator of all our events and artistic advisor.

Link to article from La Repubblica here.

Video of press conference:

2 Sep. – 9 Oct. 2014 | Montana State University

All Things Bertoia at Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana: Cheever Hall Lower Gallery, on 11th Avenue near Garfield Street.

All Things Bertoia will be free and open to the public

September 2 – October 9, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, and will participate in the September 12th Art Walk.

All Things Bertoia will include furniture, jewelry, sculpture, and monotypes. There will be an exhibition lecture on the work and life of Harry Bertoia in Gaines Hall 101 (time and date TBD) by Celia Bertoia. For more details, please contact Sharon Matney, 994-2921 or Celia Bertoia, 587-8297 celiabertoia@harrybertoia.org

Photo credits: Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez/Bozeman Daily Chronicle

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Tell me more about Harry Bertoia


July 11, 2014 at 9 P.M.

at  Harry Bertoia’s Birthplace in San Lorenzo, Italy.

An opportunity to learn more about the unique personality of Harry Bertoia via three video interviews to a co-worker, a fellow designer and the owner of a large auction house.

Klaus Ihlenfeld, a sculptor born in Germany, in the 60′s helped Bertoia to create some of the largest public commissions;

Richard Schultz, designer, joined Harry in 1951 during the development of the Diamond chair for Knoll;

Richard Wright, owner of Wright Auctions that currently owns the largest collection of works by Bertoia, including the Standard Oil commission sculptures (Chicago, 1974) extimated at 1,000,000$.
During the evening we will provide anticipations to the projects for the Harry Bertoia Centennial in 2015 that will take place both at Harry’s Birthplace in San Lorenzo and at the “Harry Bertoia Gallery” in Pordenone to celebrate the 100 years from the birth of the artist.


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Celia speaks at Kennett Square (PA)


Hear Celia Bertoia speak on her father Harry Bertoia, the midcentury designer and sculptor. She’ll focus on the innovative chair design history and how it shaped today’s designs, but will also share personal stories from growing up with this creative spirit.

Philter Coffeehouse at 6:30 PM.
111 West State Street, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

Scout & Annie Vintage Homegoods at around 8:15.
125 East State Street, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania