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.

Botanical Wonders: The Story of the Harvard Glass Flowers
May 18, 2007 to November 25, 2007

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.

April 1, 2007 to October 21, 2007

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

worlds within
November 16, 2006 to March 18, 2007

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

Glass of the Maharajahs
May 19, 2006 to November 30, 2006

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.

Harvey K. Littleton Decades in Glass: The ‘60s
November 17, 2005 to April 2, 2006

Many associate the 1960s with a time of radical change in politics, civil rights and personal expression.

Czech Glass Now
June 15, 2005 to December 31, 2005

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.

Czech Glass: Design in an Age of Adversity 1945-1980
June 15, 2005 to November 27, 2005

The Corning Museum of Glass explored a remarkable but little-known chapter in the history of 20th-century design in Design in an Age of Adversity: Czech Glass, 1945-1980, the largest %%gathering%% of postwar Czech glass ever seen in the United States. The exhibition featured a wide array... more

May 19, 2005 to October 30, 2005

The Tradition of the Avant-Garde traces the development of Modernism in Czech glass, looking at 19th- and early-20th-century glass made in the region known as “Bohemia” (now part of the Czech Republic).

Animals in Glass
November 18, 2004 to April 25, 2005

Animals in Glass told fascinating stories of how people have viewed animals over time and around the world, from serious religious symbols to playful companions. The exhibit explored human attitudes toward other creatures through a display of sculpted glass animals as well as... more

Beyond Venice ewer
May 20, 2004 to January 2, 2005

Beyond Venice: Glass in Venetian Style, 15001750, was the first exhibition to explore in detail the impact of Venetian style glassmaking outside of Venice. In the year 1500, the craft of glassmaking in Venice was reaching its peak, creating strong demand for its... more