Fact Sheet Overview The Corning Museum of Glass (www.cmog.org) is home to the world’s most comprehensive collection of glass, tracing 35 centuries of glassmaking history, artistry and technology.
Housed in a unique collection of award-winning modern glass architecture, the Museum is the centerpiece of the city of Corning, NY, America’s center for glass innovation. Onsite amenities for visitors include two cafés and the GlassMarket, offering an international selection of everything glass, from art glass and jewelry to books on glass and consumer glass products.
The Museum’s campus includes a year-round glassmaking school, The Studio, and the Rakow Research Library, the world’s foremost archive and reference collection on the history of glassmaking. A center for scholarship, the Museum publishes glass-focused periodicals, books, DVDs, and exhibition catalogs.
Live glassblowing demonstrations (offered at the Museum, on the road, and at sea on Celebrity Cruises) bring the material to life for audiences of all ages. Daily Make Your Own Glass experiences at the Museum enable visitors to create their own work in a state-of-the-art glassmaking studio.
Collection The Corning Museum is home to more than 45,000 works in glass. Spanning the globe and encompassing more than 3,500 years of human ingenuity, the collection includes masterpieces from ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome; the great civilizations of Islam, Asia, Europe and the Americas; and the range of artistic movements beginning in the late 19th century and extending to the present day.
Collecting departments include Ancient and Islamic, European, American and Modern glass. The Museum continues to develop its collection with gifts, acquisitions and commissions of contemporary works in glass.
Recent major exhibitions include:
Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: American Glass from the Gilded Age to the Roaring Twenties
Voices of Contemporary Glass: The Heineman Collection
Glass of the Alchemists: Lead Crystal – Gold Ruby, 1650 –1750
Reflecting Antiquity: Modern Glass Inspired by Ancient Rome (co-curated with the J. Paul Getty Museum)
Botanical Wonders: The Story of the Harvard Glass Flowers (co-curated with the Harvard Museum of Natural History)
Fact Sheet/Page 2 Hot Glass The Museum is renowned for its live glassmaking programs, offered at the Museum, on the road, and at sea on Celebrity Cruises. These narrated experiences are designed to bring the artistry of glassmaking alive and to educate visitors about the properties of glass as a material.
In Corning, NY, the Museum offers live, narrated glassblowing demonstrations at the Hot Glass Show all day, every day, as well as Flameworking, Glassbreaking and Optical Fiber Demos.
In an effort to reach the global community, the Museum developed mobile hot glass studios that travel to international art fairs, other museums, and civic events. The innovative mobile technology recreates state-of-the-art studio environments on the road, allowing the Museum’s expert staff to demonstrate and execute complex hot glassmaking techniques at diverse venues.
These travelling programs include the Hot Glass Roadshow (narrated glassblowing demonstrations) and GlassLab (pairing master glassmakers top designers at public venues). GlassLab was created in collaboration with the Vitra Design Museum, and debuted at Design Miami/Art Basel Miami in December 2007. Through GlassLab, renowned designers are invited to work with the Museum’s glassmakers to rapidly prototype their ideas in glass, often in front of a live audience. Participating designers have included Yves Behar, the Campana Brothers, Boym Partners, Sigga Heimis, Francisco Costa, Harry Allen and Massimo Vignelli.
The Hot Glass Show also is a permanent feature on three of the Solstice class ships of Celebrity Cruises, launched in November 2008. Live, narrated glassblowing demonstrations in fully equipped hot glass studios on the ships’ top decks engage, educate and inspire viewers about the art, history and science of glass as they travel to international ports of call.
The Studio The Museum offers a state-of-the-art glassmaking school, where all visitors (for a fee) have the opportunity to create their own glass objects alongside professional glassmakers. The Studio also presents an extensive selection of workshops and intensive courses, taught by leading international glass artists, to students of all experience-levels.
Residency programs at The Studio train the next generation of glass artists, giving six artists annually the opportunity to expand their work. Artists from around the world come to The Studio to spend a month trying new techniques, enhancing their current work, and using the resources of the institution for inspiration and exploration.
RakowThe Rakow Research Library is home to the most comprehensive collection
Library focused on glass and glassmaking. More than 40 languages are represented in the collection, which includes 50,000 monographs, 850 periodicals, 20,000 trade catalogs, and more than 230,000 multimedia slides, video and DVD productions. The Library’s holdings range in date from a 12th-century manuscript to the latest biographies of contemporary glass artists.
(more) Fact Sheet/Page 3 The Library is open to the public and offers inter-library loan and a number of online services.
Publications Committed to leading the glass community in research and scholarship, the Museum publishes two annual periodicals: the New Glass Review, an annual publication surveying recent works in glass by emerging and established artists, and the Journal of Glass Studies, which presents articles on the history and science of glassmaking. The Museum has also published more than 120 scholarly books, journals, catalogs and videos on the subjects of glass and glassmaking.
Location Located in the heart of the Finger Lakes Wine Country of New York State, the Museum is open daily, year-round. The Corning Museum of Glass is conveniently located directly off I-86/Rte. 17, mid-way between Niagara Falls and New York City.
Kids and teens, 19 and under, receive free admission.