The first exhibition to explore Louis C. Tiffany’s glass mosaics—an extraordinary but little-known aspect of his artistic production—will be presented by The Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG) from May 20, 2017, through January 7, 2018. Tiffany’s Glass Mosaics, organized jointly by CMoG and The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass, will combine works from both collections with important loans and specially designed digital displays to reveal how Tiffany’s mosaics reflect this aspect of his studio’s artistry and innovation in glass. The exhibition will feature nearly 50 works dating from the 1890s to the 1920s, from intimately scaled mosaic fancy goods designed for use in the home to large-scale mosaic panels and architectural elements composed of thousands of individual pieces of glass. Examples of Tiffany mosaics of such wide-ranging scope and scale have never before been displayed together, and the exhibition provides a unique opportunity to take in the breadth of this aspect of Tiffany’s work. Architectural mosaics still in situ will be presented through digital displays, showcasing new high resolution photography of these works recently captured by the CMoG team. Read more →
The Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG) today announced the appointment of James S. Gerhardt as its new chief advancement officer. Gerhardt brings more than 15 years of experience in the development of arts- and education-focused not-for-profit organizations to the Museum. He most recently served as the chief advancement officer for the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia. In his new role, Gerhardt will serve on the Museum’s leadership team, grow and lead the Museum’s advancement department, and enhance its existing institutional giving program. Gerhardt will assume his new position on November 30.
“We are thrilled to welcome Jim to the Museum,” said Karol Wight, CMoG president and executive director. “His depth of experience both in the arts and in academia makes him the perfect candidate to help us develop further our existing giving programs and to lead our advancement department. As CMoG continues to grow and as we start to launch our next set of strategic initiatives, Jim will be instrumental in this new chapter for the Museum.” Read more →
Wolfe creates multi-layered, highly-textured, angular mold-blown vessels, sculptures, and lighting fixtures. Stacked Grid Structure, like Wolfe’s other objects, was made by blowing glass into a one-time-use plaster silica mold cast over a carved Styrofoam positive. Creating his molds in this way enables Wolfe to force the material into structures that are at odds with the fluid nature of molten glass.
“Stacked Grid Structure is the perfect artifact of its time,” said Susie Silbert, curator of modern and contemporary glass. “A bold and inventively made object, it bridges craft, design, and art in its production, conception, and ambition, exemplifying the blurred boundaries that make contemporary glass such an exciting field today.” Read more →
Marvin Bolt, the Museum’s curator of science and technology, traveled to Europe last fall to research some of the world’s oldest telescopes. Read along to hear about his adventures and discoveries.
How long does it take to drive 20 miles from London center to Heathrow? Google said an hour, so I allowed two; it took three, but I was still quite early. A month early. Somehow, in the midst of all the travel arrangements, we had booked a flight on the wrong date. The counter staff-person was very nice about it. There was, alas, a rebooking fee, but she felt sorry for having to charge it, and waived the extra and excess baggage fee, which would have been more than the rebooking fee anyway. It also gave me one last chance for some honest-to-goodness fish and chips. Not bad. Turning lemons into flavoring on my deep-fried haddock. Read more →