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.

East Meets West: Cross-Cultural Influences in Glassmaking in the 18th and 19th Centuries
November 18, 2010 to October 30, 2011

When East met West in the courts and trade centers of the 13th century, a fruitful international exchange was born and lasted through several centuries.

May 17, 2010 to December 31, 2010

Drawings for American %%Stained Glass%% showcased 19th- and 20th-century designs from studios and artists across the United States and illustrated the great diversity in style and subject matter in modern American stained glass. Demonstrating how %%stained glass%% artists and designers... more

Medieval Glass
May 15, 2010 to January 2, 2011

The phrase “medieval glass” evokes images of stained glass windows. But there is another world of medieval glass: objects made for daily use. This is the first exhibition in the United States devoted to glass made for the use of popes, princes, and peasants in the Middle Ages. The glass vessels and... more

Masters of Studio Glass: Jiří Harcuba
March 27, 2010 to October 31, 2010

For his Masters of %%Studio Glass%% exhibition in 2010, Harcuba requested that only three pieces from the Museum’s collection be displayed.

November 1, 2009 to October 31, 2010

The innovations and artistry of Louis Comfort Tiffany were explored in Tiffany Treasures: %%Favrile%% Glass from Special Collection. The exhibition showcased nearly 60 hand-wrought pieces designed by Tiffany and made at his glasshouse in Corona, NY, between 1895 and 1920. The decorative... more

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