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.

March 1, 2009 to January 3, 2010

This exhibition presented 40 favorite sculptures and vessels from the Museum’s extensive permanent collection of contemporary studio glass. Many of these objects are well known to Museum visitors, who have seen them in the Contemporary Glass Gallery. The show was part of a year-long series of... more

Masters of Studio Glass: František Vízner
November 1, 2008 to March 22, 2009

Masters of Studio Glass: František Vízner, curated by Tina Oldknow, was part of an ongoing series of exhibitions that celebrate the diverse work of studio glass artists. It examined the career of an internationally respected Czech artist and designer whose extraordinary sculptural vessels... more

Glass of the Alchemists
June 27, 2008 to January 4, 2009

In their well-known attempts to make gold, alchemists also provided the foundation for modern chemistry and material sciences. Glass of the Alchemists explored Northern European glass of the Baroque period and examined the technical advances in glassmaking made by alchemists during that... more

John Mandeville Woodcut - Science of Glassmaking
June 27, 2008 to January 4, 2009

A display of original materials from the Museum’s Rakow Research Library exploring glassmaking knowledge and lore from the 12th through the 19th century. The exhibit featured rare books and prints that illustrate furnaces, glassmaking tools, recipes, and glass workers, as well as the objects they... more

Detail of a portland vase replica
February 15, 2008 to May 27, 2008

The first major exhibition to focus on the influence of ancient Roman styles on the glassmakers of the 19th century, Reflecting Antiquity, presented modern works along with an exceptional grouping of rare ancient Roman glass. This exhibition, produced jointly by The Corning Museum of Glass... more

Perfume Bottles: From Design Table to Dressing Table
November 26, 2007 to February 1, 2008

This exhibition featured more than 30 items from the Rakow Research Library’s special collection of drawings, rare books, catalogs, and advertisements. Tracing the story of the perfume bottle from design and concept to the marketing and selling of the final product, the exhibition included original... more

Masters of Studio Glass: Joel Philip Myers & Steven I. Weinberg
November 2, 2007 to October 19, 2008

Masters of %%Studio%% %%Glass%%: Joel Philip Myers and Steven I. Weinberg is the first in a series of focus exhibitions celebrating the diverse work of contemporary studio glass artists.

Marine Invertebrates
May 18, 2007 to November 9, 2007

The Blaschkas’ Sea Creatures: Inspiration and Creation The study of natural history was a popular pastime in the 19th century.  Universities, museums, and private collectors sought zoological and botanical specimens for display and study.  Leopold Blaschka (1822–1895) and his son, Rudolf Blaschka... more

Botanical Wonders: The Story of the Harvard Glass Flowers
May 18, 2007 to November 25, 2007

Scientific marvels, drop-dead beautiful works of art, a genus onto themselves: these are just a few of the explanations given to describe the allure of a legendary, century-old bevy of exquisite glass blossoms and fruits.

April 1, 2007 to October 21, 2007

For this “curious” exhibition, The Corning Museum of Glass dug into its vast collections to showcase more than a hundred wonderfully odd and mysterious objects fashioned of glass, dating from antiquity to the present day. Ancient amulets to ward away evil, trick drinking glasses, an optical model... more