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
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.
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
Masters of %%Studio%% %%Glass%%: Joel Philip Myers and Steven I. Weinberg is the first in a series of focus exhibitions celebrating the diverse work of contemporary studio glass artists.
Scientific marvels, drop-dead beautiful works of art, a genus onto themselves: these are just a few of the explanations given to describe the allure of a legendary, century-old bevy of exquisite glass blossoms and fruits.
The Blaschkas’ Sea Creatures: Inspiration and Creation The study of natural history was a popular pastime in the 19th century. Universities, museums, and private collectors sought zoological and botanical specimens for display and study. Leopold Blaschka (1822–1895) and his son, Rudolf Blaschka... more
For this “curious” exhibition, The Corning Museum of Glass dug into its vast collections to showcase more than a hundred wonderfully odd and mysterious objects fashioned of glass, dating from antiquity to the present day. Ancient amulets to ward away evil, trick drinking glasses, an optical model... more
Art forms by their very nature evolve over time, undergoing significant transformations depending on the cultural climate of the period. Worlds Within examines the transformation of the glass paperweight from the mid-19th century to the present day. More than 180 %%paperweights%% and %%... more
The very idea that a chair could glitter like a diamond, catch light like a colored gemstone, and still function as seating must have astounded those who first encountered glass furniture in the mid- to late-19th century.
Many associate the 1960s with a time of radical change in politics, civil rights and personal expression.
Contemporary Czech glass has had a remarkable influence on the development of studio %%art glass%% worldwide, especially in the use of cast glass for small- and large-scale sculpture.