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Corning’s New Where

September 19, 2015
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ART | CONTEMPORARY

Corning’s New Where

The New Home of Contemporary Glass

Text BY Daniella OHAD
Layout by bill indursky
Photography by Iwan Baan
Images Courtesy of Corning Museum of Glass
SEPTEMBER 19, 2015

 

S ince its founding in 1851, Corning Glass Works has been known for its innovative cookware and Pyrex glass that has changed the everyday lives of millions around the globe. When Arthur A. Houghton Jr., great-grandson of the company’s founder, Amory Houghton, established a small museum dedicated to glass a century later; he could not have imagined that this small venture would grow into the dynamic, world-renowned institution that it is today—a wonderland of glass.

Corning Museum of Glass houses the world’s best collection of art and historic glass, and has a center of scholarship, preservation, and education of glass. With the addition of the museum’s new Contemporary Art + Design Galleries, it showcases the world’s largest collection of contemporary glass—celebrating the art of glass in the 21st century.

The spectacular new building, designed by architect Thomas Phifer & Partners, is made from opaque white glass—a testimony to transparency, reflectivity and light. Particularly intriguing within the space is the new “Light Series,” a commissioned project of works which evoke the overarching idea of the new Galleries, “New Space, New Light.” The inaugural project consists of installations by Fred Wilson, Jeroen Verhoeven, Ayala Serfaty and a fourth artist to be determined at a later date.

Tina Oldknow, the Museum’s Curator of Modern and Contemporary Glass, when asked about the process of selecting the participating artists said, “the main goal was to find those artists who explore light in different ways.”

Wilson’s work has roots in traditional Venetian Baroque-inspired chandeliers, Verhoeven’s installation, composed of hundreds of blue butterflies is a self-sustaining work, and Serfaty’s piece pushes the line between light and sculpture. Corning Museum of Glass’ newest wing will surely make visitors think differently and question the relationship between glass and light.

Visit Corning Museum of Glass: http://www.cmog.org
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Long view of the Porch, an area that wraps around the galleries in The Corning Museum of Glass’s new Contemporary Art + Design Wing, designed by Thomas Phifer and Partners. Photo by Iwan Baan. Courtesy of The Corning Museum of Glass.
View into the History and Material Gallery, dedicated to works that reflect the manipulation of traditional forms in glass, in The Corning Museum of Glass’s new Contemporary Art + Design Wing, designed by Thomas Phifer and Partners. Photo by Iwan Baan. Courtesy of The Corning Museum of Glass.
View of the Nature Gallery and the History and Material Gallery in The Corning Museum of Glass’s new Contemporary Art + Design Wing, designed by Thomas Phifer and Partners. Photo by Iwan Baan. Courtesy of The Corning Museum of Glass.
The front of the Corning Museum of Glass, featuring the new Contemporary Art + Design Wing, designed by Thomas Phifer and Associates. Photo by Iwan Baan. Courtesy of The Corning Museum of Glass.
View of the Nature Gallery and the Promenade in The Corning Museum of Glass’s new Contemporary Art + Design Wing, designed by Thomas Phifer and Partners. Photo by Iwan Baan. Courtesy of The Corning Museum of Glass
View of the Promenade leading to the new Amphitheater Hot Shop in The Corning Museum of Glass’s new Contemporary Art + Design Wing, designed by Thomas Phifer and Partners. Photo by Iwan Baan. Courtesy of The Corning Museum of Glass.
View of the Special Temporary Projects Gallery and the Body and Narrative Gallery in The Corning Museum of Glass’s new Contemporary Art + Design Wing, designed by Thomas Phifer and Partners. Photo by Iwan Baan. Courtesy of The Corning Museum of Glass
Photo Courtesy Iwan Baan
The Corning Museum of Glass campus, featuring the new Contemporary Art + Design Wing, designed by Thomas Phifer and Associates. Photo by Iwan Baan. Courtesy of The Corning Museum of Glass.

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Long view of the Porch, an area that wraps around the galleries in The Corning Museum of Glass’s new Contemporary Art + Design Wing, designed by Thomas Phifer and Partners. Photo by Iwan Baan. Courtesy of The Corning Museum of Glass.

Long view of the Porch, an area that wraps around the galleries in The Corning Museum of Glass’s new Contemporary Art + Design Wing, designed by Thomas Phifer and Partners. Photo by Iwan Baan. Courtesy of The Corning Museum of Glass.

View into the History and Material Gallery, dedicated to works that reflect the manipulation of traditional forms in glass, in The Corning Museum of Glass’s new Contemporary Art + Design Wing, designed by Thomas Phifer and Partners. Photo by Iwan Baan. Courtesy of The Corning Museum of Glass.

View into the History and Material Gallery, dedicated to works that reflect the manipulation of traditional forms in glass, in The Corning Museum of Glass’s new Contemporary Art + Design Wing, designed by Thomas Phifer and Partners. Photo by Iwan Baan. Courtesy of The Corning Museum of Glass.

View of the Nature Gallery and the History and Material Gallery in The Corning Museum of Glass’s new Contemporary Art + Design Wing, designed by Thomas Phifer and Partners. Photo by Iwan Baan. Courtesy of The Corning Museum of Glass.

View of the Nature Gallery and the History and Material Gallery in The Corning Museum of Glass’s new Contemporary Art + Design Wing, designed by Thomas Phifer and Partners. Photo by Iwan Baan. Courtesy of The Corning Museum of Glass.

The front of the Corning Museum of Glass, featuring the new Contemporary Art + Design Wing, designed by Thomas Phifer and Associates. Photo by Iwan Baan. Courtesy of The Corning Museum of Glass.

The front of the Corning Museum of Glass, featuring the new Contemporary Art + Design Wing, designed by Thomas Phifer and Associates. Photo by Iwan Baan. Courtesy of The Corning Museum of Glass.

View of the Nature Gallery and the Promenade in The Corning Museum of Glass’s new Contemporary Art + Design Wing, designed by Thomas Phifer and Partners. Photo by Iwan Baan. Courtesy of The Corning Museum of Glass

View of the Nature Gallery and the Promenade in The Corning Museum of Glass’s new Contemporary Art + Design Wing, designed by Thomas Phifer and Partners. Photo by Iwan Baan. Courtesy of The Corning Museum of Glass

View of the Promenade leading to the new Amphitheater Hot Shop in The Corning Museum of Glass’s new Contemporary Art + Design Wing, designed by Thomas Phifer and Partners. Photo by Iwan Baan. Courtesy of The Corning Museum of Glass.

View of the Promenade leading to the new Amphitheater Hot Shop in The Corning Museum of Glass’s new Contemporary Art + Design Wing, designed by Thomas Phifer and Partners. Photo by Iwan Baan. Courtesy of The Corning Museum of Glass.

View of the Special Temporary Projects Gallery and the Body and Narrative Gallery in The Corning Museum of Glass’s new Contemporary Art + Design Wing, designed by Thomas Phifer and Partners. Photo by Iwan Baan. Courtesy of The Corning Museum of Glass

View of the Special Temporary Projects Gallery and the Body and Narrative Gallery in The Corning Museum of Glass’s new Contemporary Art + Design Wing, designed by Thomas Phifer and Partners. Photo by Iwan Baan. Courtesy of The Corning Museum of Glass

The Corning Museum of Glass campus, featuring the new Contemporary Art + Design Wing, designed by Thomas Phifer and Associates. Photo by Iwan Baan. Courtesy of The Corning Museum of Glass.

The Corning Museum of Glass campus, featuring the new Contemporary Art + Design Wing, designed by Thomas Phifer and Associates. Photo by Iwan Baan. Courtesy of The Corning Museum of Glass.

Glass Artist Jeroen Verhoeven at the Corning Museum of Glass

Glass Artist Jeroen Verhoeven at the Corning Museum of Glass

Glass Artist Ayala Serfaty at the Corning Museum of Glass

Glass Artist Ayala Serfaty at the Corning Museum of Glass

Glass Artist Fred Wilson at the Corning Museum of Glass

Glass Artist Fred Wilson at the Corning Museum of Glass

The former Steuben Glass Factory has been transformed into the new state-of-the-art Amphitheater Hot Shop. Photo by Iwan Baan. Courtesy of The Corning Museum of Glass.

The former Steuben Glass Factory has been transformed into the new state-of-the-art Amphitheater Hot Shop. Photo by Iwan Baan. Courtesy of The Corning Museum of Glass.


About the author: Bill Indursky

Bill Indursky is an architect, trend expert, and digital entrepreneur. He is the former founder of V&M (Vintage & Modern (2006-2013)) and the current founder of Design Life Network (DLN). DLN is a MAGAZINE + DESIGN AGENCY + MARKETPLACE + TV CHANNEL promoting inspiring design of all eras online and on TV.



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