Contemporary Glass Galleries

Contemporary Glass Galleries

Opening March 20, 2015, the contemporary galleries in the new North Wing will be the world’s largest space dedicated to the display of contemporary art and design in glass. The new 26,000-square-foot contemporary gallery building is part of the North Wing addition, designed by architect Thomas Phifer and Partners. The gallery features a sophisticated light-filtering system using diffusing roof skylights, providing the majority of the lighting required to view the art.

The new contemporary gallery will feature more than 70 works from the Museum’s permanent collection, including recent acquisitions and large-scale works that have never before been on view due to space restrictions in the current contemporary glass gallery.

Thematically curated galleries will highlight objects that refer to nature, the body, and history and material. Artists represented by large-scale works will include Nancy Bowen, Nicole Chesney, Amber Cowan, Tony Cragg, Alessandro Diaz de Santillana, Ann Gardner, Katherine Gray, Jun Kaneko, Marian Karel, Marta Klonowska, Karen LaMonte, Silvia Levenson, Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová, Beth Lipman, Liza Lou, Flora Mace and Joey Kirkpatrick, Ivan Mareš, Josiah McElheny, Klaus Moje, Debora Moore, Stacey Neff, Javier Pérez, Susan Plum, Anne and Patrick Poirier, Michael Rogers, Michael Scheiner, Lino Tagliapietra, Ann Wolff, and Cerith Wyn Evans. Learn more about the objects that will be on view.

A contemporary design gallery will be devoted to international design from the past 25 years and will feature a range of functional glass vessels, furniture, lighting, and design art. Highlights include the Etruscan Chair by Danny Lane (1992), Coffee Pot (2011) by Studio Job and Triscosta Cabinet (2013) by Christophe Côme, as well as lighting that is both design and art by Tejo Remy and René Veenhuizen, Maria Grazia Rosin, and Dan Dailey.

The new galleries also feature a gallery dedicated to special temporary projects including large-scale installations. The inaugural installation of the space spotlights the recent acquisition Constellation (1996) by Kiki Smith.

The Porch, the display area around the themed galleries which overlooks the Museum’s new one-acre green, will display a selection of large-scale artworks, such as Soma (2008) by Richard Whiteley and Circular Object One (2003), by Daniel Clayman, which reference light, and The White Necklace (2007), a strand of gigantic beads by Jean-Michel Othoniel. From the Porch, access the galleries at several points, or rest and connect with the outdoors through the 150 foot-long window that opens onto the Museum’s green and view of one of the original buildings of the Corning Incorporated complex that was built in 1951 and designed by New York architects Harrison & Abramowitz.