As you channel surf over a long, rainy weekend, chances are you will stumble upon a TV show that claims to reveal “secrets of the Egyptians” or “mysteries of the Romans.” Although the claims of these shows range from provocative to outrageous – forgotten technologies! time travelers! aliens! – they lure us in because there is so much we still don’t know about the ancient world.
As we were putting together curious and unexplained objects in the Rakow Research Library’s collection for the exhibition Curious and Curiouser: Surprising Finds from the Rakow Library, I began to ponder curious objects in the ancient glass collection. Here are five of the most curious objects that have caused researchers to stop, think, reconsider, and restudy. Read more →
GlassBarge launch in Brooklyn.
The Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG) today launches GlassBarge through May 28 at One°15 Brooklyn Marina in Brooklyn Bridge Park, kicking off a four-month tour celebrating the 150th anniversary of the canal journey to bring glassmaking to Corning. GlassBarge is offering free public glassblowing demonstrations aboard a 30’ x 80’ canal barge specially equipped with the Museum’s patented all-electric glassmaking equipment. Following its debut in New York City, GlassBarge will then travel north on the Hudson River, and westward along the Erie Canal, stopping in Yonkers, Kingston, the Albany, Syracuse, and Rochester areas, and Buffalo, among other cities.
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The island of Murano, Italy, sits just off the coast of Venice. Since 1291, when Venetian law decreed that all glass furnaces from Venice be moved to the island, it has been one of the world’s most important centers of glass knowledge and technical skill. Muranese glassmakers and the culture they have built around their craft have inspired and intrigued glass enthusiasts the world over for centuries.
The Glass Art Society is hosting their annual conference on Murano May 17 through 19, and the glass world could not be more excited. As the anticipation builds for this trip, I was reminded of my last visit to this glass Mecca in 2014, and the stories I encountered. Read more →
Tali Grinshpan, Promises, featured in
New Glass Review 39 (2018).
For almost 40 years, The Corning Museum of Glass has published the highly-regarded periodical New Glass Review (NGR), a showcase of 100 artworks by 100 artists. Most recently, New Glass Review has been curated by Susie Silbert, curator of modern and contemporary glass at the Museum, and a group of her peers. With established artists and designers sharing the page alongside students new to the medium, New Glass Review is a diverse reflection of the innovation and ideas thriving in contemporary glass today.
In 2019, The Corning Museum of Glass celebrates the publication’s 40th anniversary with both an exhibition in print and a physical exhibition at CMoG, New Glass 2019, which will feature the works selected for New Glass Review 40. Artists, craftspeople, designers, and architects are invited to submit images of new works made in glass—including video works and performance art in which glass plays a fundamental role—for New Glass 2019. Emerging and established artists, as well as students from around the world are encouraged to put forward work for consideration. Works must have been made between 2015 and 2018. We invite you to submit your work.
As we fondly look back on 40 groundbreaking years, we asked artists from past and present to talk about the impact of New Glass Review on their careers. Read more →