As soon as the Fragile Legacy exhibition closed in January, the Museum’s exhibition and collections staff switched gears to prepare for our current exhibition, Tiffany’s Glass Mosaics. It took two weeks to remove, or de-install, the popular Blaschka exhibition. Then, over the next three months, staff began to prepare the Special Exhibitions Gallery for the much-anticipated Tiffany show. This work included creating all new walls and decks, core drilling the concrete floor to add power and data for digital interactives, and raising a section of ceiling to accommodate the large Tiffany column. Installation of objects, photographs, and labels for Tiffany’s Glass Mosaics took approximately four weeks, and more than 40 Museum staff — including collections management, curatorial, conservation, digital, graphics, and lighting departments — working alongside loan couriers and contractors. Here’s an inside peek at what went on behind-the-scenes.
After the gallery work was completed, the collections management team went into action coordinating object unpacking and installation, which included numerous loans to the exhibition. The conservation team assisted with condition reporting and cleaned the objects to make them look their best.
The large Tiffany mosaic column was uncrated and moved into its home at the entry of the exhibition. It took a team of Museum staff and a lift to get it into place and then secure it. The gallery ceiling was even raised a few feet to accommodate it, which required moving HVAC, electrical and sprinkler lines!
A sample column on loan from the Chrysler Museum of Art is carefully installed in its display.
The Showroom (left) and the Workroom (right) are finished and ready for visitors!
Tiffany’s Glass Mosaics is on view through January, 7, 2018. Discover and explore these breathtaking artworks through exquisite new photography, high-definition gallery projections, and interactive activities.
Special thanks to collections and exhibitions manager Warren Bunn for his help with this blog post.
Tiffany’s Glass Mosaics is on view at The Corning Museum of Glass May 20, 2017, through January 7, 2018. Learn more about the exhibition.