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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.

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.

Martins-Pecheurs sur Fond de Roseaux (Kingfishers on a background of reeds), France. Designed by Rene Lalique, 1930.
May 17, 2014 to January 4, 2015

This major exhibition brought together glass, jewelry, production molds, and design drawings by René Lalique (French, 1860─1945), dating from about 1893 to Lalique’s death in 1945. His aesthetic choices in his designs informed the styles of Art Nouveau and Art Deco in France, and the objects he... more

Design drawing for decanter and cosmetic jar with jeweled embellishments
May 17, 2014 to January 4, 2015

In the late 19th century and early 20th century, René Lalique’s jewelry, and then his beautifully designed glass objects and vessels, made him an influential figure in the Art Nouveau and Art Deco movements. His work was acclaimed at the international industrial expositions, particularly the 1900... more

May 18, 2013 to January 5, 2014

Symbolizing power, enabling ornamentation, and facilitating trade, glass beads are miniature masterpieces that have played significant roles throughout time and across cultures. This major exhibition explored glass beads and beaded objects made by various cultures, representing 3,500 years of human... more

Granulare Vase/Anvil (English Setter)
February 16, 2013 to February 2, 2014

Richard Marquis, glassblower and collector of beat-up, vintage objects, has had an extraordinary influence on the development of contemporary studio glass in America and around the world. His work is humorous, ironic, smart, and beautifully—some might say obsessively—made. As an artist, Marquis is... more

Corning 1972 flood
May 24, 2012 to January 3, 2014

On June 23, 1972, Corning and the surrounding communities were devastated by a major flood, as a result of the tropical storm Agnes. At the Museum, hundreds of objects were broken, more than half of the Library’s materials were saturated with flood water, and the facility was covered with a thick... more