The Corning Museum of Glass



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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 a café 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.
In 2012, the Museum announced a $64 million expansion project. Designed by architect Thomas Phifer and Partners, the 100,000-square-foot North Wing Addition will feature new galleries for the collection of contemporary works in glass and an innovative renovation of the iconic ventilator building of the former Steuben Glass factory into one of the world’s largest facilities for glassblowing demonstrations and live glass design sessions. The North Wing Addition will open March 20, 2015.

Collection The Corning Museum is home to more nearly 50,000 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:

  • René Lalique: Enchanted by Glass

  • Life on a String: 35 Centuries of the Glass Bead

  • Making Ideas: Experiments in Design at GlassLab

  • Mt. Washington and Pairpoint: American Glass from the Gilded Age to the Roaring Twenties

  • Medieval Glass for Popes, Princes, and Peasants

  • 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)


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, Glass breaking 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 with top designers at public venues). GlassLab, a design program of The Corning Museum of Glass, offers designers unprecedented access to molten glass. In public design performances or private sessions, designers and glassmakers collaborate, rapidly prototyping concepts and using the immediacy of hot glass as a catalyst for innovation. GlassLab designers come from various disciplines, such as product, graphic, and fashion design. Designers invited to work on GlassLab include Yves Béhar, the Campana Brothers, Nacho Carbonell, Matali Crasset, Sigga Heimis, Max Lamb, and Massimo Vignelli. Designers bring their sketchbooks, and we bring the glass. GlassLab has been presented at Design Miami/Art Basel Miami; the Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum; and the Vitra Design Museum’s annual summer design workshop at the Domaine de Boisbuchet in Lessac, France.
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.
The Studio is also a creative center for glass artists offering residency programs, affordable hotshop rentals, artist lectures and live-streamed demos, an onsite photography studio and other resources.
Rakow The Rakow Research Library is home to the most comprehensive

Library collection 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. 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, 17 and under, receive free admission.
About The Corning Museum of Glass

The Corning Museum of Glass is home to the world’s most important collection of glass, including the finest examples of glassmaking spanning 3,500 years. Live glassblowing demonstrations (offered at the Museum, on the road, and at sea on Celebrity Cruises) bring the material to life. Daily Make Your Own Glass experiences at the Museum enable visitors to create work in a state-of-the-art glassmaking studio. The campus in Corning includes a year-round glassmaking school, The Studio, and the Rakow Research Library, the world’s preeminent collection of materials on the art and history of glass. Located in the heart of the Finger Lakes Wine Country of New York State, the Museum is open daily, year-round. Kids and teens, 17 and under, receive free admission. www.cmog.org.



Contact: Yvette Sterbenk, (607) 438-5273, sterbenkym@cmog.org or Kim Thompson, (607) 438-5219, thompsonka@cmog.org



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