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.
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.
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.
The Corning Museum of Glass explored a remarkable but little-known chapter in the history of 20th-century design in Czech Glass: Design in an Age of Adversity 1945-1980, the largest %%gathering%% of postwar Czech glass ever seen in the United States. The exhibition featured a wide array of... more
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). The exhibit begins with the engraved and colored glass created during the Biedermeier... more
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: Glass in Venetian Style, 1500–1750, 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
The Italian impact on contemporary glass throughout the world—and especially the United States—is the most recent chapter in the complex history of Venetian-style glass.
Decades in Glass: The '50s focused on designs in glass from Italy, Scandinavia, Czechoslovakia, and the United States. Spurred by a booming economy after the end of World War II, the decade of the 1950s was an intensely creative one for industrial design. Principles of flexibility,... more