Untitled, Corning Museum

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Object Name: 
Untitled, Corning Museum
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Overall H: 30.5 cm, W: 66 cm, D: 23.5 cm
On Display
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34th Rakow Commission, purchased with funds from the Juliette K. and Leonard S. Rakow Endowment Fund
Web Description: 
Though this piece looks like swirling calligraphy, it is actually a cannabis pipe, one of the fastest growing areas of art glass production in the 21st century. Rooted in the subcultures surrounding the Grateful Dead and hip-hop, pipemakers have brought new techniques and imaginative approaches to borosilicate glass, the same glass used to make scientific equipment. Colton’s expressive, abstract pipe, with its graffiti-like form and nearly hidden function, beautifully demonstrates the aesthetic influences and possibilities of this artform.
Colton, David C. (American, b.1974), Source
Primary Description: 
Pipe, "Untitled, Corning Museum". Red, lavender and black borosilicate glass, steel; flameworked. Red, lavender and black flameworked borosilicate glass pipe with steel mount. The pipe is in 4 parts with the middle section being the functional pipe. Surrounding the functional pipe is graffiti shapes to conceal it to the naked eye. (a) Steel mount, (b) far right sculptural element, (c) glass pipe, (d) colorless and lavender removable bowl, (e) far left sculptural element, (f) sculptural element that rests slightly left of center.
CA+D Reopening 2020
Corning Museum of Glass
2020 refresh of the Contemporary Art and Design galleries after the deinstallation of the 2019 temporary exhibition, "New Glass Now".
Corning Museum of Glass 2018-05-12 through 2020-01-05
New Glass Now is an international survey of contemporary glass celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Museum’s flagship contemporary publication, New Glass Review. For 40 years, New Glass Review has served as an annual benchmark for contemporary glass, documenting the innovation, dexterity, and creativity of artists, designers, and architects working in this challenging material. New Glass Now also commemorates the 40th and 60th anniversaries, respectively, of two groundbreaking exhibitions in the Museum’s history: New Glass: A Worldwide Survey (1979) and Glass 1959. These landmark exhibitions documented glass on a global scale and brought unprecedented critical and popular attention to the material, its makers, and designers. Just like New Glass Review and its precursor exhibitions, New Glass Now will be curated from an open call for submissions by the Museum’s curator of modern and contemporary glass and a panel of guest curators. Selected entries will be included in both New Glass Review 40 and the exhibition New Glass Now.
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