Past Exhibitions

Past Exhibitions

There are several special exhibitions offered at the Museum and the Rakow Research Library each year, from shows focused on specific artists to major exhibitions on important topics in glass and glass history.

December 6, 2018 to November 13, 2019

Parked at The Corning Museum of Glass, this concept car from Corning Incorporated shows how glass can shape the design and function of automobiles, inside and out.

Tableware Set of Nine Blown Vessels, 1916. Designed by Josef Hoffmann (Austrian, 1870–1956); manufactured by Wiener Werkstätte and probably Meyr’s Neffe. Mold-blown and hot-worked glass. Smallest object: H. 8.2 cm, Diam. 11.6 cm; Tallest object: H. 32.8 cm, Diam. 9.5 cm. The Corning Museum of Glass (74.3.24).
June 23, 2018 to January 6, 2019

Today, we think of architects as people who design buildings, construct skylines, and help create the visual identities of our cities and towns. But at the turn of the 20th century in Europe, the term architect applied not just to people who designed buildings, but to people who designed all... more

Global Cities (detail), Norwood Viviano (American, born 1972), with the assistance of Pablo Soto (American, born 1979); Made in United States, Michigan, Plainwell, and North Carolina, Penland, 2015; Blown glass, inkjet print on vinyl, medium density fiberboard (MDF), stainless steel cable. 2017.4.4
July 15, 2017 to November 4, 2018

Global Cities transforms global population statistics into an immersive landscape of information. Rather than inert data on a page, Norwood Viviano’s installation presents population change as a series of delicately-blown glass forms that hover above a map of the world.

Tiffany's Glass Mosaics
May 20, 2017 to January 7, 2018

Discover the versatility, innovation, skill, and beauty found in the mosaics produced by the many designers and artisans under Louis C. Tiffany.

Une verriere / Eine Glassmacherin (detail), Martin Engelbrecht, Augsburg, 1730. CMGL 129856.
April 8, 2017 to February 17, 2019

Artists, researchers, authors, and glass enthusiasts of all kinds use the Rakow Research Library’s holdings to learn more about glass, which often leads to voyages of discovery in unexpected directions. Discover how the rare collections and curiosities in the Rakow Library have inspired others and... more

Soma 2015 by Ayala Serfaty
January 28, 2017 to June 18, 2017

The new Contemporary Art + Design Wing features a gallery dedicated to special temporary projects including large-scale installations.

The Studio at 20
May 26, 2016 to January 22, 2017

For 20 years, The Studio has been a starting point for emerging artists and an incubator for new work by established artists.

Ulactis muscosa (Nr. 116), Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, Dresden Germany, 1885. Lent by Cornell University, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. L.17.3.63-54.
May 14, 2016 to January 8, 2017

At the turn of the 20th century, Leopold Blaschka and his son, Rudolf, developed a successful business producing glass models of soft-bodied undersea creatures—marine invertebrates...

Microscope. Photo: Museum Boerhaave, Leiden, the Netherlands.
April 23, 2016 to March 19, 2017

Glass made it possible for scientists and artists to see tiny living creatures once invisible to the human eye. Revealing the Invisible: The History of Glass and the Microscope told the stories of scientists’ and artists’ exploration of the microscopic world between the 1600s and the late... more

America’s Favorite Dish: Celebrating a Century of Pyrex
June 6, 2015 to March 20, 2016

America’s Favorite Dish: Celebrating a Century of Pyrex commemorates the history of Pyrex brand housewares, developed by Corning Glass Works in 1915. Central to the story of Pyrex are women, traditionally the keepers of the home, who helped Corning designers and engineers develop the products to... more