Skip to product information
1 of 5

Preston Singletary: Raven And The Box Of Daylight Exhibition Catalog

Preston Singletary: Raven And The Box Of Daylight Exhibition Catalog

Museum of Glass / University of Washington Press

Regular price $50.00 USD
Regular price Sale price $50.00 USD
Sale Sold out
Shipping calculated at checkout.

In stock

The story Raven and the Box of Daylight, which tells how Raven transformed the world and brought light to the people by releasing the stars, moon, and sun, holds great significance to the Tlingit people of the Pacific Northwest Coast. A new body of work by artist Preston Singletary (American, born 1963) immerses readers in Tlingit traditions by telling this story through his monumental glass works and installations.

Primarily known for his celebration of Tlingit art and design, Singletary explores new ways of working with glass inspired by Tlingit design principles. Tlingit objects were traditionally used to show wealth and tell stories by representing elements of the natural world, as well as the histories of individual families. By drawing upon this tradition, Singletary’s art creates a unique theatrical atmosphere, in which the pieces follow and enhance a narrative. This book includes texts that place Singletary’s work within the wider histories of both glass art and native arts traditions—especially the art of spoken-word storytelling. Also included are a biography and an interview with the artist.

Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight is on view at the Chrysler Museum March 3, 2023 — July 2, 2023.

  • Product Type: Exhibition Catalog, Hardcover
  • 144 pages, with 115 illustrations
  • Published in 2019
  • Shipping Dimensions: 11.5 × 10.0 × 1.0 inches  (29.2 × 25.4 × 2.5 cm)
  • Shipping Weight: 2.63 lb (42.0 oz; 1191 g)
  • SKU010008278 | 9780972664950

In these collections:

All Products | Books & Media | Exhibition Catalogs | Preston Singletary | Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight
View full details

About the Artist

Preston Singletary

Preston Singletary (b. 1963) is a Native American glass artist. He is perhaps best known for his use of glass to express and explore traditional Tlingit themes. Many of his works reference clan crests, including the killer whale, which his family claims. Singletary has worked extensively with other native artists creating glass art works such as the Founders Totem Pole (2001) and Devilfish Prow, one of a series created in collaboration with Maori artist Lewis Tamihana Gardiner (2007). Some critics view Singletary's work as not truly Tlingit, because he works in glass rather than more traditional materials, like wood. But Singletary sees himself as "transforming the culture and forging new paths," which he believes should be allowed."

Preston Singletary in the Chrysler Museum
  • Thank you!

    For more than fifty years, every purchase from the Chrysler Shop supports the non-profit mission and educational programs of the Chrysler Museum of Art. Thank you for your support!

  • Membership has its benefits!

    Learn more about how you can support the Chrysler Museum and reap the benefits! Member perks include discounts, exhibition previews, reciprocal memberships and more!