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.

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

 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 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