New Glass Review(ed): Memories from 4 decades (part 1)

Kait Rhodes, Kusha

Kait Rhodes, Kusha, featured in
New Glass Review 32 (2011).

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 describe the importance of New Glass Review to them and the glass community. Read more →

Volunteers and our artwork: What does it mean to them?

This post comes from John Lehman, an intern in the Volunteer Services department. John is a senior at Alfred State and is majoring in Human Services Management.

It’s National Volunteer Week! We often think that volunteers come to us to help and give themselves something to do, but I think that volunteers at The Corning Museum of Glass come to us so they can better themselves through the knowledge and experience they gain.

So I gathered some volunteers from all different age groups and roles in the Museum and took the time to get to know them and learn about artworks that draw them back day after day and year after year.

Barbara FisherBarbara Fisher has been a volunteer for a year-and-a-half with CMoG and says that, when she comes to the Museum to volunteer, it’s like a boost of energy and a breath of fresh air. Barb has many favorite works in the Museum, but the one that sticks out to her most is Innerland. Innerland is made up of 38 cut pieces and 25 cubes that are all pieces of crystal. Barb especially likes this work because of its fluidity and how flawlessly it flows section to section with seemingly no breaks. You can see Barb at any of our entrances greeting guests, at our Crossroads information desk, or as a gallery floater. Read more →

The (Blue) Butterfly effect

Virtue of Blue

Virtue of Blue, Jeroen Verhoeven,
Amsterdam, 2016. © Jeroen Veroeven.

When approaching Jeroen Verhoeven’s Virtue of Blue, you might first see a cloud of winged insects crowding around a central light. To me, it brings to mind those long, lazy summer evenings when moths and other flying creatures noisily and frantically cluster around dusty frosted globes and dirt-encrusted naked bulbs. At the Corning Museum of Glass, the insects are quieter, the mood calmer, the glass cleaner.

Here, each specimen is a butterfly, or rather, a butterfly-shaped solar cell, mounted in place not to an insect collector’s Styrofoam board but to an artist’s carefully-designed metal frame. Suspended from the ceiling, the central light slowly oscillates in the gently circulating air; the 502 iridescent, sapphire-blue butterflies move en masse, obscuring much of the light and casting shadows on the floor below. Read more →

WWW (Words, Women, and Wikipedia)

We all use Wikipedia. Whenever we’re curious, whenever we’re bored, and whenever we’re stumped, Wikipedia is there for us. And sometimes we need to be there for Wikipedia. For the online resource to be as good as it is, to remain accurate, fair, and up to date, it takes an army of millions around the world. A few Corning-area volunteers recently decided to join that army.

On Saturday, March 10, 2018, The Rakow Research Library hosted a Wikipedia edit-a-thon in support of Art + Feminism. Joined by a group of enthusiastic newcomers and experienced Wikipedians alike, the event organizers, led by Rebecca Hopman, outreach librarian at the Rakow, had a few simple goals in mind: to increase the number of Wikipedia articles on women working in the arts (and more specifically, in glass), to improve existing articles, to encourage more women to participate, and to have fun while doing it. Read more →

The Studio Announces 2018 Residency Recipients

2018 Artists-In-Residence at The Studio

Anne Vibeke Mou
March 22-April 20; Public lecture April 12

Anne Vibeke Mou, Diamond Window

Anne Vibeke Mou, Diamond Window

Originally from Denmark, artist and engraver Anne Vibeke Mou has been studying and working in the United Kingdom for almost 20 years. Her interests lie predominantly in the connections between glass and environment, object and place, and the medieval history of both regions has helped to shape her work in rich and revealing ways.

Mou practices a meticulous stippling process (engraving a surface with numerous small dots) using a handheld solitaire diamond tool. She is excited to access the Rakow Research Library’s resources to further her research into waldglas (forest glass) and historical sites of relevance. During her residency in March and April 2018, Mou will produce a series of delicate objects “containing traces of organic material from carefully chosen locations,” she says.

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The Corning Museum of Glass receives grants to Launch “GlassBarge”

GlassBarge. Rendering by McLaren Engineering Group.

GlassBarge. Rendering by McLaren Engineering Group.

The Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG) today announced the receipt of $469,625 in grants through Empire State Development’s I LOVE NEW YORK program, the New York State Canal Corporation, and New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), under Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council initiative. This generous funding will support the launch of GlassBarge in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the canal journey to bring glassmaking to Corning, New York, and will further CMoG’s participation in the statewide celebration of the Erie Canal Bicentennial.

In 1868, the Brooklyn Flint Glass Company relocated to Corning, via the New York Waterways, and evolved into the company that is today known as Corning Incorporated. In celebration of this pivotal journey, CMoG will launch GlassBarge—a canal barge equipped with CMoG’s patented all-electric glassmaking equipment—in Brooklyn in May 2018.

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Karen LaMonte selected for Specialty Glass Artist Residency Program awarded by The Corning Museum of Glass and Corning Incorporated

Nocturnes Installation in white bronze. Photography: Martin Polak. Provided by Karen LaMonte.

Nocturnes Installation in white bronze. Photography:
Martin Polak. Provided by Karen LaMonte.

The Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG) and Corning Incorporated (NYSE: GLW) announced today their selection of Karen LaMonte as the Specialty Glass Artist-in-Residence in 2018.

The residency is a joint program of the Museum and Corning that gives the selected artist access to specialty glass materials, scientists, and curators to experiment and explore new areas of their practice. LaMonte is the fifth specialty glass resident since the program’s inception in 2014. Her residency will begin on January 1 and will continue through the end of the year.

LaMonte is best known for her life-sized, ethereal glass dresses, which she casts in the Czech Republic, using the lost wax casting method. Her work employs translucent glass to show the division between our private selves and public personas, shaped by cultural and societal influences. She uses clothing as a metaphor for identity and to explore the human form in absentia. Read more →