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.

Inside Studio Glass
May 18, 2009 to October 18, 2009

Heart Stampin’, Crucible Bustin’, Pipebendin’: Inside %%Studio Glass%% exhibited original works of art on paper representing artists of the American Studio Glass movement.

May 16, 2009 to January 2, 2011

A survey of one of the largest and finest collections of contemporary studio glass in the United States,Voices of Contemporary Glass showcased, for the first time, the collection donated to the Museum in 2005 by Ben W. Heineman, Sr. and his wife, Natalie G. Heineman. Over a period of 21... more

Masters of Studio Glass: Richard Craig Meitner
April 4, 2009 to October 18, 2009

The intellectual, poetic, and always changing work of the American artist Richard Craig Meitner (b. 1949) reflects a variety of influences and ideas, from Japanese textiles and Italian painting and applied arts to science and the natural world. The colorless glass surfaces of his quixotic objects... more

March 1, 2009 to January 3, 2010

This exhibition presented 40 favorite sculptures and vessels from the Museum’s extensive permanent collection of contemporary studio glass. Many of these objects are well known to Museum visitors, who have seen them in the Contemporary Glass Gallery. The show was part of a year-long series of... more

Masters of Studio Glass: František Vízner
November 1, 2008 to March 22, 2009

Masters of %%Studio Glass%%: František Vízner, curated by Tina Oldknow, was part of an ongoing series of exhibitions that celebrate the diverse work of studio glass artists. It examined the career of an internationally respected Czech artist and designer whose extraordinary sculptural... more

Glass of the Alchemists
June 27, 2008 to January 4, 2009

In their well-known attempts to make gold, alchemists also provided the foundation for modern chemistry and material sciences. Glass of the Alchemists explored Northern European glass of the Baroque period and examined the technical advances in glassmaking made by alchemists during that... more

John Mandeville Woodcut - Science of Glassmaking
June 27, 2008 to January 4, 2009

A display of original materials from the Museum’s Rakow Research Library exploring glassmaking knowledge and lore from the 12th through the 19th century. The exhibit featured rare books and prints that illustrate furnaces, glassmaking tools, recipes, and glass workers, as well as the objects they... more

Detail of a portland vase replica
February 15, 2008 to May 27, 2008

The first major exhibition to focus on the influence of ancient Roman styles on the glassmakers of the 19th century, Reflecting Antiquity, presented modern works along with an exceptional grouping of rare ancient Roman glass. This exhibition, produced jointly by The Corning Museum of Glass... more

Perfume Bottles: From Design Table to Dressing Table
November 26, 2007 to February 1, 2008

This exhibition featured more than 30 items from the Rakow Research Library’s special collection of drawings, rare books, catalogs, and advertisements. Tracing the story of the perfume bottle from design and concept to the marketing and selling of the final product, the exhibition included original... more