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.

Global Cities (detail), Norwood Viviano (American, born 1972), with the assistance of Pablo Soto (American, born 1979); Made in United States, Michigan, Plainwell, and North Carolina, Penland, 2015; Blown glass, inkjet print on vinyl, medium density fiberboard (MDF), stainless steel cable. 2017.4.4
July 15, 2017 to November 4, 2018

Global Cities transforms global population statistics into an immersive landscape of information. Rather than inert data on a page, Norwood Viviano’s installation presents population change as a series of delicately-blown glass forms that hover above a map of the world.

Tiffany's Glass Mosaics
May 20, 2017 to January 7, 2018

Discover the versatility, innovation, skill, and beauty found in the mosaics produced by the many designers and artisans under Louis C. Tiffany.

Soma 2015 by Ayala Serfaty
January 28, 2017 to June 18, 2017

The new Contemporary Art + Design Wing features a gallery dedicated to special temporary projects including large-scale installations.

The Studio at 20
May 26, 2016 to January 22, 2017

For 20 years, The Studio has been a starting point for emerging artists and an incubator for new work by established artists.

Ulactis muscosa (Nr. 116), Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, Dresden Germany, 1885. Lent by Cornell University, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. L.17.3.63-54.
May 14, 2016 to January 8, 2017

At the turn of the 20th century, Leopold Blaschka and his son, Rudolf, developed a successful business producing glass models of soft-bodied undersea creatures—marine invertebrates...

Microscope. Photo: Museum Boerhaave, Leiden, the Netherlands.
April 23, 2016 to March 19, 2017

Glass made it possible for scientists and artists to see tiny living creatures once invisible to the human eye. Revealing the Invisible: The History of Glass and the Microscope told the stories of scientists’ and artists’ exploration of the microscopic world between the 1600s and the late... more

America’s Favorite Dish: Celebrating a Century of Pyrex
June 6, 2015 to March 20, 2016

America’s Favorite Dish: Celebrating a Century of Pyrex commemorates the history of Pyrex brand housewares, developed by Corning Glass Works in 1915. Central to the story of Pyrex are women, traditionally the keepers of the home, who helped Corning designers and engineers develop the products to... more

Cup, Ennion, Syria; Palestine; Northern Italy, 25-75. 66.1.36.
May 16, 2015 to January 4, 2016

At the end of the first century B.C., glassmakers working in the environs of Jerusalem made a revolutionary breakthrough in the way glass was made. They discovered that glass could be inflated at the end of a hollow tube. This technical achievement—glassblowing—made the production of glass vessels... more

Special Projects Gallery
March 20, 2015 to January 22, 2017

The new Contemporary Art + Design Wing features a gallery dedicated to special temporary projects including large-scale installations.

L’arte vetraria distinta in libri sette (The art of glass [divided] into seven books) Antonio Neri (Italian, 1576–1614) Florence, Nella Stamperia de’Giunti, 1612 CMGL 78964 (1000059052)
March 19, 2015 to May 17, 2015

Glimpse a few of the wonders from The Rakow Library, the world’s largest collection on the subject of glass and glassmaking. This choice selection of objects included books, correspondence, artist books and notebooks, and other rare items.