with Narcissus Robert Quagliata
in the City Center dining room
Friday, February 28, 2014
7:30pm - 9 pm
Free public event
A presentation by internationally renowned stained glass artist Narcissus Robert Quagliata, famous for designing glassworks at Yerba Buena Gardens, Grace Cathedral and the beautiful Central Train Station in Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
The first subject in glass Narcissus ever represented was the gassho hands of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi and Dainin Katigiri Roshi in the swinging doors between the kitchen and the City Center dining hall. Narcissus knew since childhood that his field of interest was the field of art—and the mystery of how art manifests itself—and he spent valued time at City Center in the late 1960s, growing in his understanding of life, the broader universe and himself.
Narcissus Quagliata, an Italian and US citizen, was born in Rome, Italy, in 1942, where he studied painting with the metaphysical painter Georgio De Chirico. At the age of 19, Narcissus moved to the United States and studied at the San Francisco Art Institute, receiving both a bachelor's and a master's degree in painting and graphics. Soon after graduation, he began working in glass, and he continues to use it as his principal form of artistic expression. A book of his work and technique, Archetypes and Visions in Light and Glass, was recently published by Arnoldsche.