Mary Shaffer: Reflections and Contradictions Five Decades
American University Museum at the Katzen Art Center, 4400 Mass Ave. NW
September 12-October 18 Opening reception Sept 12 6-9pm. Gallery talk @6pm


A 125 foot Tool-Wall installation made especially for the AU Museum will feature Mary Shaffer's fascination with discarded tools. "I take lovingly crafted, hand-forged tools -- the epitome of American invention -- to preserve and pay tribute to activities and methods of working that have disappeared from our modern lives" she says.


In addition select work from the past 5 decades of Shaffer's active career will be shown, including her Light-Catcher series which explores the essence of light creating shape. 


Mary Shaffer is an important influence in the early glass movement, Mary "brought art to glass and glass to art" as art critic Perrault writes. Heller, a NY art dealer, says that the glass world was never the same after Shaffer burst upon the scene in the early 70's. Mary invented a whole new way to work with and think about glass. She named this process "mid-air slumping".


Shaffer has shown her work in 60 museums worldwide. Mary was a professor at New York University and Wellesley and her work is in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of and as well as the Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, Japan among many others.