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.

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 will bring 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... more

May 18, 2013 to January 5, 2014

Symbolizing power, enabling ornamentation, and facilitating trade, glass beads are miniature masterpieces that have played significant roles throughout time and across cultures. This major exhibition explores glass beads and beaded objects made by various cultures, representing 3,500 years of human... more

Granulare Vase/Anvil (English Setter)
February 16, 2013 to February 2, 2014

Richard Marquis, glassblower and collector of beat-up, vintage objects, has had an extraordinary influence on the development of contemporary studio glass in America and around the world. His work is humorous, ironic, smart, and beautifully—some might say obsessively—made. As an artist, Marquis is... more

Corning 1972 flood
May 24, 2012 to January 3, 2014

Rakow Research Library, open to the public Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm. On June 23, 1972, Corning and the surrounding communities were devastated by a major flood, as a result of the tropical storm Agnes. At the Museum, hundreds of objects were broken, more than half of the Library’s materials... more

May 19, 2012 to January 6, 2013

Making Ideas: Experiments in Design at GlassLab showcases the Museum’s signature design program, GlassLab, in which designers are invited to work with hot glass. The exhibition features over 150 design prototypes by nearly 50 international designers.

Telefon - Erwin Eisch
March 15, 2012 to February 3, 2013

Masters of %%Studio Glass%%: Erwin Eisch is a special exhibition of 22 vessels and sculptures by one of the founders of %%studio glass%% in Europe, Erwin Eisch (German, b. 1927). The exhibition recognizes Eisch for his achievements in developing glass as a material for artistic expression... more

Red/Amber Sliced Descending Form - Harvey K. Littleton
November 17, 2011 to January 6, 2013

In celebration of the 50th anniversary, in 2012, of the “birth” of the American %%Studio Glass%% movement, this exhibition features works by one of the founders of the movement, Harvey K. Littleton. The objects on display - 19 vessels and sculptures and five vitreographs (prints made from glass... more

Founders of American Studio Glass: Dominick Labino
November 17, 2011 to January 6, 2013

Founders of American %%Studio Glass%%: Dominick Labino presents documents selected from Labino’s extensive archive, held by the Rakow Research Library, and glass from the Museum’s collection. Materials range from copies of photographs of Labino’s “smallest engine” to samples of the Johns... more

Peach Blow
May 19, 2011 to December 31, 2011

This exhibition showcased the amazing works of Mt. Washington and its successor, the Pairpoint Corporation, one of America’s longest-running luxury glass companies (1837-1957). Constantly reinventing and re-invigorating its business through creativity in texture, decoration, pattern, and color, the... more