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