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.

Founders of American Studio Glass: Dominick Labino
November 17, 2011 to January 6, 2013

Founders of American Studio Glass: Dominick Labino featured documents selected from Labino’s extensive archive, held by the Rakow Research Library, and glass from the Museum’s collection. Materials ranged from copies of photographs of Labino’s “smallest engine” to samples of the Johns... more

Peach Blow
May 19, 2011 to December 31, 2011

This exhibition showcased the amazing works of Mt. Washington and its successor, the Pairpoint Corporation, one of America’s longest-running luxury glass companies (1837-1957). Constantly reinventing and re-invigorating its business through creativity in texture, decoration, pattern, and color, the... more

Maestrale (North wind) - Toots Zynsky
April 2, 2011 to December 4, 2011

A pioneer of the studio glass movement, Toots Zynsky draws from the traditions of painting, sculpture and the decorative arts to inspire her innovative, intricate vessels. Masters of Studio Glass: Toots Zynsky, featured 12 works representing the varied techniques and inspirations from... more

Inspecting the Disk
January 10, 2011 to October 30, 2011

In 1928, the famed astronomer, George Ellery Hale, had a vision. He wanted to build the world’s largest telescope at Palomar Mountain in California—a research instrument that would allow scientists to view the skies as never before. Mirror to Discovery: The 200-inch Disk and the Hale Reflecting... more

East Meets West: Cross-Cultural Influences in Glassmaking in the 18th and 19th Centuries
November 18, 2010 to October 30, 2011

When East met West in the courts and trade centers of the 13th century, a fruitful international exchange was born and lasted through several centuries.

May 17, 2010 to December 31, 2010

Drawings for American %%Stained Glass%% showcased 19th- and 20th-century designs from studios and artists across the United States and illustrated the great diversity in style and subject matter in modern American stained glass. Demonstrating how %%stained glass%% artists and designers... more

Medieval Glass
May 15, 2010 to January 2, 2011

The phrase “medieval glass” evokes images of stained glass windows. But there is another world of medieval glass: objects made for daily use. This is the first exhibition in the United States devoted to glass made for the use of popes, princes, and peasants in the Middle Ages. The glass vessels and... more

Masters of Studio Glass: Jiří Harcuba
March 27, 2010 to October 31, 2010

For his Masters of Studio Glass exhibition in 2010, Harcuba requested that only three pieces from the Museum’s collection be displayed.

Tiffany Treasures: Favrile Glass from Special Collections
November 1, 2009 to October 31, 2010

The innovations and artistry of Louis Comfort Tiffany were explored in Tiffany Treasures: Favrile Glass from Special Collection. The exhibition showcased nearly 60 hand-wrought pieces designed by Tiffany and made at his glasshouse in Corona, N.Y., between 1895 and 1920.

Tiffany Treasures: Design Drawings by Alice Gouvy and Lillian Palmié
November 1, 2009 to April 30, 2010

The restoration of eight watercolor sketches from the enamel department of the Tiffany Furnaces provides the impetus for an important exhibit at the Rakow Research Library.