Don’t get me wrong, I very much enjoy the Chihuly Museum on Beach Drive in St. Petersburg — for at least the 15 minutes it takes to view everything there. It’s that small of a display. To call the Chihuly a museum is as much an insult to museums as those stupid Ben Stiller ‘Night at the Museum’ films.
How can you call yourself a museum if you are the size of a broom closet???
Yes, yes, what is on display at the Chihuly Matchbox, err, I mean Museum, is inspiring, if not awesome. But not so much that the artist himself has ever deigned to visit the facility. That’s right, Dale Chihuly has been too busy to visit his own damn museum. Not that it will take him a lot of time to take in everything on display. Have I mentioned that the Chihuly Museum is small?
Maybe Dale Chihuly was too BUSY to design a full-fledged museum. At least that’s the impression I got after reading the following e-mail announcing the one-eyed bandit’s forthcoming appearance in St. Pete:
Dale Chihuly will be visiting St. Petersburg on Sunday, May 8, for his first appearance at The Collection. His schedule has prevented him from visiting with us until now and we?e thrilled!
Chihuly? arrival is timed to coincide with the launch of our new exhibition catalog. Mr. Chihuly has agreed to signing one catalog per person with no photography allowed during the signing. Additionally, he will not have time to personalize any catalogs and we want you to be aware of this so as to avoid any potential disappointment. He will be at the Chihuly Collection from 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm.
That’s right, Chihuly will be here for an entire hour. We should be so grateful. A full hour! Which means he can probably walk though the museum at least four times.
But don’t try photographing him! And don’t ask him for a personalized autograph. He’s far too important for that.