The Gallantry of a Mud Angel

This post comes from Alaina McNeal, the Public Services Outreach intern at the Rakow Research Library.

On the night of November 4, 1966, water poured through the streets of Florence, Italy. Buildings collapsed from the bottom up, compressed air in basements caused the ceilings to buckle, and the first floors of buildings collapsed downward. The surge of water brought mud and oil from destroyed storage tanks, covering the city in a slippery mixture. Amidst all the damage that resulted from the flood were more than two million books and archival collections.

Photo of two "Mud Angels" standing next to heavilg damaged books

Two Mud Angels and damaged papers by Nicholas Swietlan. Swietlan Nicholas Kraczyna: Painter/Printmaker.

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Tiffany’s mosaics: Changing the ecclesiastical landscape

Detail of panel, The Prayer of the Christian Soldier, 1919.

Guest blogger Natalie Z. Peters is an independent art historian and a contributor to the exhibition publication, Tiffany’s Glass Mosaics.

For more than 40 years, Louis C. Tiffany’s studios designed and produced many of the America’s most significant ecclesiastical mosaics. Ranging from geometric patterning to complex figural designs, mosaics were among the costliest and labor-intensive products crafted at the studios. While most examples remain in their original location, those on view in the exhibition Tiffany’s Glass Mosaics can tell us a great deal about the mosaics produced by the studios.

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Best of Instagram: July

From the architecture to our demos, including our new Beyond the Bench demo, our visitors enjoyed everything the Museum had to offer in July. Here are nine of our favorite visitor Instagram photos from July. Thanks to everyone who shared their amazing photos! Want to be featured in our Best of Instagram post? Share your photos with us by tagging @corningmuseum, tagging your location at The Corning Museum of Glass, or using #glassapp or #greatdayforglass. Your pictures could be featured in our Best of Instagram: August post!

Photos, left to right, row by row: @thirdeyeoptix, @jstephens5564, @missuspotassium, @anthropolamy, @hannahwesterfield, @jennafridley, @art_of_being_loved, @peterlmage, and @the_adventureman

The treasure trove behind the scenes

This post is written by Kristal Walker, Digitization Assistant at the Rakow Library.

Tucked behind some of the vitrines that currently display the Curious and Curiouser exhibition at the Rakow Research Library, is a small office where digitization and rights and reproduction work takes place. Working behind the scenes, both literally and figuratively, we help people acquire the images and/or permissions needed for a myriad of projects. This can involve scanning items from the Library’s collection within our office, retrieving images from our database, or contacting our skilled photography department if an object needs new photography. We receive requests for images from co-workers in the office next door, as well as from authors from France, Japan, Germany … everywhere! Each request is unique, yet each is ultimately bound together by glass.

It is fitting that we are somewhat hidden behind our Curious display; we encounter so many intriguing images that could easily be a part of the exhibition. This vintage image of a Plexiglass Pontiac is amazing, much like the images of the Gorilla Glass dashboard of Corning’s Connected Concept Car.

People standing around a car with a clear Plexiglass exterior

Negative of man demonstrating transparency of Plexiglas Pontiac to group of women, 1940. CMGL 138226.

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CMoG announces new David Whitehouse Artist Residency for Research

Former executive director David Whitehouse (1941-2013)

Former executive director
David Whitehouse (1941-2013)

The Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG) recently announced a new research residency program for artists, which will allow them to utilize the Museum’s resources, including the permanent collections and the holdings of the Rakow Research Library, to inform their practice. Named for CMoG’s former executive director, The David Whitehouse Artist Residency for Research will enable artists to be in residence for up to three weeks to explore materials at the Rakow Library, the world’s foremost library on the art and history of glass and glassmaking, and to use the other extraordinary scholarly resources available at the Museum, including the knowledgeable staff who work in all parts of the organization. This residency will be focused on research, whereas CMoG’s two other residencies are geared toward artists creating new work.

“This residency is the first of its kind at The Corning Museum of Glass,” said Amy Schwartz, director of The Studio, CMoG’s internationally renowned glassmaking facility. “It was inspired by the number of artists who have told us that they want to spend time at CMoG just looking, thinking, and taking advantage of all things glass that we offer.” Read more →

The Studio Announces 2017 Artists-in-Residence

Martin Janecky
February 13-March 20; Public lecture on March 9

Study of the Dia De Los Muertos, at Corning Museum of Glass 2016. By Martin Janecky.

Study of the Día De Los Muertos, at Corning
Museum of Glass 2016. By Martin Janecky.

Martin Janecky began his career with glass at the age of 13 and later explored sculpting methods in the Czech Republic. Janecky teaches and demonstrates around the world, including at The Studio. In March 2016, he was an Artist-in-Residence, during which time he experimented with opaline glass made at The Studio to further his sculptural work. The following week he was a Guest Artist in the Amphitheater Hot Shop, and created a body of work inspired by the Mexican holiday Día de Los Muertos (the Day of the Dead). Read more →

CMoG to make waves with GlassBarge

Here at The Corning Museum of Glass, our mission is to tell the world about an incredible material that captivates and excites us all—namely, glass! In order to fulfill that mission, we don’t wait for the world to come to us—although 460,000 visitors made their way to Corning last year—we take our story out into the world.

The Corning Museum of Glass Road Show in Seattle, Wash.

The Corning Museum of Glass Road Show in Seattle, Wash.

In 2002, we launched the Hot Glass Roadshow, a project that converted a semi-trailer into a fully-functioning glassmaking studio on wheels. We also transformed a standard shipping container into a studio space. This unique equipment and its small footprint make it possible for CMoG to deploy glassmaking to nearly any environment. Our first deployment was the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and, since then, our mobile hot shops have traveled the world stopping in places like Paris, Seattle, South Australia, and New York City. We’ve even circumnavigated the globe aboard Celebrity Cruises, a partnership that began in 2008, and one that enables us to tell the story of glass at sea. Read more →