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Inventing the Music of Beauty

1991 Ginny Ruffner Born: Atlanta, Georgia 1952 glass, oil paint, colored pencil, and ink 10 1/2 x 21 5/8 x 13 1/4 in. (26.7 x 55.0 x 33.7 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Ann and Thomas Cousins, the James Renwick Alliance, and museum purchase through the Smithsonian Institution Collections Acquisition Program 1992.81 Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 4th Floor, 56A

Luce Center Quote

“I’ve learned about the way color is modulated by light and how form is defined by light, [how] shapes only exist because light enables us to perceive them.” Ginny Ruffner, 1998

Luce Center Label

Ginny Ruffner believes music is very visual, and sees a conductor of an orchestra as the very embodiment of the way music moves and flows. The figure in this piece, copied from Michelangelo’s Libyan Sibyl in the Sistine Chapel, has a posture similar to that of a conductor, and the flowing lines in the background create an abstract music stave.



decorative arts - glass

Crafts - Glass



About Ginny Ruffner

Born: Atlanta, Georgia 1952

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