Past Exhibitions

Past Exhibitions

There are several special exhibitions offered at the Museum and the Rakow Research Library each year, from shows focused on specific artists to major exhibitions on important topics in glass and glass history.

Soma 2015 by Ayala Serfaty
January 28, 2017 to June 18, 2017

The new Contemporary Art + Design Wing features a gallery dedicated to special temporary projects including large-scale installations.

May 26, 2016 to January 22, 2017

For 20 years, The Studio has been a starting point for emerging artists and an incubator for new work by established artists.

Ulactis muscosa (Nr. 116), Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, Dresden Germany, 1885. Lent by Cornell University, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. L.17.3.63-54.
May 14, 2016 to January 8, 2017

At the turn of the 20th century, Leopold Blaschka and his son, Rudolf, developed a successful business producing glass models of soft-bodied undersea creatures—marine invertebrates...

Microscope. Photo: Museum Boerhaave, Leiden, the Netherlands.
April 23, 2016 to March 19, 2017

Glass made it possible for scientists and artists to see tiny living creatures once invisible to the human eye. Revealing the Invisible: The History of Glass and the Microscope tells the stories of scientists’ and artists’ exploration of the microscopic world between the 1600s and the late 1800s.... more

Pyrex mixing bowl set
June 6, 2015 to March 20, 2016

America’s Favorite Dish: Celebrating a Century of Pyrex commemorates the history of Pyrex brand housewares, developed by Corning Glass Works in 1915. Central to the story of Pyrex are women, traditionally the keepers of the home, who helped Corning designers and engineers develop the products to... more

Cup, Ennion, Syria; Palestine; Northern Italy, 25-75. 66.1.36.
May 16, 2015 to January 4, 2016

At the end of the first century B.C., glassmakers working in the environs of Jerusalem made a revolutionary breakthrough in the way glass was made. They discovered that glass could be inflated at the end of a hollow tube. This technical achievement—glassblowing—made the production of glass vessels... more

Special Projects Gallery
March 20, 2015 to January 22, 2017

The new Contemporary Art + Design Wing features a gallery dedicated to special temporary projects including large-scale installations.

 L’arte vetraria distinta in libri sette (The art of glass [divided] into seven books) Antonio Neri (Italian, 1576–1614) Florence, Nella Stamperia de’Giunti, 1612 CMGL 78964 (1000059052)
March 19, 2015 to May 17, 2015

Glimpse a few of the wonders from The Rakow Library, the world’s largest collection on the subject of glass and glassmaking. This choice selection of objects includes books, correspondence, artist books and notebooks, and other rare items.

Design drawing for decanter and cosmetic jar with jeweled embellishments
May 17, 2014 to January 4, 2015

In the late 19th century and early 20th century, René Lalique’s jewelry, and then his beautifully designed glass objects and vessels, made him an influential figure in the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements. His work was acclaimed at the international industrial expositions, particularly the 1900... more

Martins-Pecheurs sur Fond de Roseaux (Kingfishers on a background of reeds), France. Designed by Rene Lalique, 1930.
May 17, 2014 to January 4, 2015

This major exhibition brought together glass, jewelry, production molds, and design drawings by René Lalique (French, 1860─1945), dating from about 1893 to Lalique’s death in 1945. As a successful jeweler, Lalique experimented with glass in his designs which eventually led to a career in which he... more