Installation Begins in the New Contemporary Art + Design Wing

Waiting for installation.

One of the artworks waiting for installation.

Installation started in earnest this week in the new Contemporary Art + Design Wing.

In the Contemporary Glass Galleries, the curatorial staff began to place platforms and stanchions to receive artwork. To begin planning installation of some of the hanging works, like Lino Tagliapietra’s Endeavor, the preparators have started to sketch out the installation with hanging wires.

Lino Tagliapietra's Endeavor sits in crates waiting to be installed. Gallery preparators have "sketched out" with wire rings how it will hang.

Lino Tagliapietra’s Endeavor sits in crates waiting to be installed. Gallery preparators have “sketched out” with wire rings how it will hang.

Previous installation of Endeavor, Lino Tagliapietra, Seattle, WA, 2004. Purchased in honor of James R. Houghton with funds from Corning Inc. and gifts from the Ennion Society, the Carbetz Foundation Inc., James B. Flaws and Marcia D. Weber, Maisie Houghton, Polly and John Guth, Mr. and Mrs. Carl H. Pforzheimer III, Wendell P. Weeks and Kim Frock, Alan and Nancy Cameros, the Honorable and Mrs. Amory Houghton Jr., E. Marie McKee and Robert Cole Jr., Robert and Elizabeth Turissini, Peter and Cathy Volanakis, and Lino Tagliapietra and the Heller Gallery, New York. 2005.4.170

Previous installation of Endeavor, Lino Tagliapietra, Seattle, WA, 2004. Purchased in honor of James R. Houghton with funds from Corning Inc. and gifts from the Ennion Society, the Carbetz Foundation Inc., James B. Flaws and Marcia D. Weber, Maisie Houghton, Polly and John Guth, Mr. and Mrs. Carl H. Pforzheimer III, Wendell P. Weeks and Kim Frock, Alan and Nancy Cameros, the Honorable and Mrs. Amory Houghton Jr., E. Marie McKee and Robert Cole Jr., Robert and Elizabeth Turissini, Peter and Cathy Volanakis, and Lino Tagliapietra and the Heller Gallery, New York. 2005.4.170

In some cases, as with Michael Rogers’ 13 Crows and Silvia Levenson’s It’s Raining Knives, they added paper mock-ups to sketch out the way the works will hang.

Installers also set up some of the new Gorilla Glass enclosures for the artwork to see how they work in the space. The Corning Museum of Glass will be the first to use this specialty glass from Corning Incorporated to surround and protect artwork.

Gorilla Glass enclosure for artwork.

Gorilla Glass enclosure for artwork.

Next door, in the new Amphiteater Hotshop, a very different kind of installation took place. Things literally heated up this week as Fred Metz and his team from Spiral Arts worked with the CMOG team this week to fire up the equipment. Watch this video, shared by Fred Metz, of the enormous glory hole being lit for the first time.

 

The new hotshop has incredible capacity. Just check out the size of these annealers.

The retractable seats were installed this week. The new Amphitheater Hotshop will seat 500 people between this stadium-style seating and seats that will be placed on the balcony that runs 360 degrees around the hotshop.

The Amphitheater Hotshop includes retractable seating and 360-degree balcony views.

The Amphitheater Hotshop includes retractable seating and 360-degree balcony views.

We look forward to sharing this new wing, new artwork and new glassmaking demo space with our community and our visitors on March 20. Save the date!

 

 

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