Polish Glass Collection
In addition to his workshops, Poskovic is also premiering an exhibition he co-curated with the University of Michigan Copernicus Center for Polish Studies, Modernist Glass from the Polish Past, at Weiser Hall. The collection tells a powerful story of resistance through the beauty and essence of utilitarian objects.
Poskovic and his wife, Julie Anne Visco, began acquiring their collection of rare Polish art glass (Polskie szkło artystyczne) while Poskovic was a Fulbright Scholar and Visiting Professor at the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. They scoured flea markets, antique shops, and websites to build the collection.
“For my family and I, Fulbright and Poland provided a deeply rewarding experience,” Poskovic said. “We were given the opportunity to grow in new directions, make friends, and immerse ourselves in contemporary Polish society while exploring its rich cultural past.”
In his time in Poland, Poskovic remembers becoming fascinated by hand-formed glass sculptures he saw in people’s homes. He began considering the deeper meaning of the unique, colorful, and unconventional sculptural objects often sitting on tables and windowsills. During the period from the 1960s through the 1980s, when Poland was an integral part of the Warsaw Pact, the glass sculptures emerged as beacons of artistry, creative provocation, and hope.
“An art glass stood in front of a window with what could have been a grim reality outside during the 1960s-80s,” Poskovic said. “There was limited social and political movement at the time, but by making these beautiful objects with integrity, people could enlighten their everyday moments in the most habitual and equally extraordinary ways.”
The concept of utilitarian, yet visually stunning everyday objects as a form of political resistance through art completely changed Poskovic’s perception of convergence spaces. He returned to the United States with over 50 crates full of glassworks from all corners of Poland and Central Europe.
The exhibition will be on view for the remainder of the academic year, starting September 15.