[PA-NJ Glassblowers] [Fwd: Corning Museum Presents Heineman Collection of Contemporary Glass this summer]

Tony Patti gaffer at glassblower.info
Sat Mar 21 17:37:00 EDT 2009

In addition to the information about Corning Museum of Glass (CMOG) below,
a reminder that Corning is the site of the Glass Art Society 39th Annual 
Conference: Local Inspiration, Global Innovation
in Corning, NY from June 11-13, 2009.
More information can be found on the GAS website here:

Prior to June 11th there are also some optional GAS activities including:

    * Sylvania Light Bulb Factory Tour for Sylvania Light Bulb Factory
      Tour, June 9
    * Sullivan Park Research Center Tour, June 10

Tony Patti
gaffer at glassblower.info

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Subject: 	Corning Museum Presents Heineman Collection of Contemporary 
Glass this summer
Date: 	Tue, 10 Mar 2009 11:39:14 -0400
From: 	Sterbenk, Yvette M. <SterbenkYM at cmog.org>
To: 	undisclosed-recipients:;


*Corning** Museum** of Glass Presents Radiant Survey of Studio Glass*


/Voices of Contemporary Glass: The Heineman Collection, on view May 16, 
2009 -- Jan. 3, 2010/


A new survey of one of the largest and finest collections of 
contemporary studio glass in the United States will open at The Corning 
Museum of Glass on May 16, 2009. Part of a year-long series of 
contemporary glass exhibitions and programming at the Museum, /Voices of 
Contemporary Glass: The Heineman Collection, /will present 240 works in 
glass by 87 international artists.

/Voices of Contemporary Glass/ will showcase the collection donated to 
the Museum in 2006 by Ben W. Heineman, Sr. and his wife, Natalie G. 
Heineman. Mr. Heineman collected with a discerning eye, thoughtfully 
assembling a grouping of works that represents the full breadth of a 
defining period in contemporary glassmaking. He was intrigued by the 
extraordinary potential of the material to take on a broad range of 
expressions and forms. Although interested in all kinds of art in glass, 
he was drawn primarily to works that explored abstraction and color.


The exhibition at the Corning Museum features video interviews with a 
selection of artists represented in the Heineman Collection, exploring 
their individual ideas, or "voices," in glass. This multitude of voices 
and perspectives celebrates the infinite possibilities of glass as a 
medium for contemporary vessels and sculpture, and documents the ongoing 
process of discovery and innovation that has shaped the story of the 
Studio Glass movement.


"The Heineman Collection reflects the remarkable achievements made in 
studio glass over the past 35 years," said David Whitehouse, the Corning 
Museum's executive director. "The collection is distinguished by its 
in-depth focus on a key group of individuals whose work has been 
influential to artists working in glass worldwide. The exhibition 
explores the appeal of glass and its essence as a creative medium for 
artists of all backgrounds. At the Museum, visitors can always 
experience the energy of artists at work but, this year, the artists 
will be even more present."

/ /

Throughout the summer, Museum visitors will be able to participate in 
gallery tours led by artists who teach at the Museum's glassmaking 
school, The Studio, such as Paul Stankard, Amy Rueffert and Gianni Toso. 
Daily live demonstrations by Corning Museum glassmakers will help 
visitors understand many of the techniques behind the works on view in 
/Voices of Contemporary Glass/, and guests will be able to make their 
own glass in hands-on experiences/./


 "This extensive collection allows us to present the story of studio 
glassmaking, and to examine the variety of ways in which artists have 
used glass to find their artistic voices," said Tina Oldknow, curator of 
modern glass and of the exhibition. "The exceptional compilation of 
objects displayed in the exhibition documents a remarkable material and 
a deeply introspective process of working that helps to explain the 
often indefinable, but always captivating, allure of glass."


The Heineman Collection nearly completely documents the chronology of 
the American Studio Glass movement, with objects dating from 1969 to 
2005, and it presents the work of several artists over the course of 
their careers. Highlights of the exhibition include:


    * Architectonic sculptures by Thomas Patti, who pioneered the
      exploration of industrial and architectural glass as a sculptural
    * Blown vessels by Lino Tagliapietra, considered to be the world's
      foremost glassblower and one whose influence has had a lasting
      impact on American studio glass.
    * Glass sculptures evoking elements of architecture and industry by
      Howard Ben Tré, who led the way in the use of cast glass as a
      sculptural medium in the United States.
    * A rare group of "Navajo Blanket" cylinders blown in the mid-1970s
      by the internationally recognized artist, Dale Chihuly.
    * Iconic sculptures by the acknowledged "fathers" of American studio
      glass, Harvey K. Littleton and Dominick Labino, who, in 1962,
      introduced the first studio-sized glass furnace that enabled
      glassworking to move outside of a factory environment, launching
      the American Studio Glass movement.


/Voices of Contemporary Glass, /which runs through January 3, 2010, will 
be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog of the collection by Tina 
Oldknow. As part of a year-long celebration of contemporary glass at the 
Museum, it is complemented by the exhibitions, /Favorites from the 
Contemporary Glass Collection /(March 1, 2009 -- January 3, 2010), and 
/Masters of Studio Glass: Richard Craig Meitner /(April 4 -- October 18, 


The installation, designed by Paul and Barbara Haigh, is inspired by the 
Heinemans' Chicago residence in which the collection was originally 
displayed. The exhibition design transforms the large and open spaces of 
the Museum into a more intimate setting, reminiscent of domestic 
interiors, with the objects arranged primarily by artist, rather than by 
artistic theme, chronology, or technique. 

The Corning Museum of Glass has historically taken the lead in 
disseminating information about contemporary glass. This year marks the 
50th anniversary of the Museum's landmark show, /Glass 1959, /one of the 
first significant surveys of mid-20th-century glass design.  Workshops 
introducing studio artists to hot glass, held three years later, in 
1962, at The Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio, launched the American 
Studio Glass movement, which is explored in-depth in /Voices of 
Contemporary Glass./




*The Corning Museum of Glass*

The Corning Museum of Glass (www.cmog.org) is home to the world's most 
comprehensive collection of glass. Spanning the globe and encompassing 
more than 3,500 years of human ingenuity, the collection includes 
masterpieces from ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome; the great 
civilizations of Islam, Asia, Europe, and the Americas; and the range of 
artistic movements beginning in the late 19th century and extending to 
the present day. Interactive exhibits tell the story of life-changing 
historic advancements and contemporary innovations in glass technology.


Live glassblowing demonstrations (offered at the Museum, on the road in 
the U.S. and abroad, and at sea on /Celebrity Solstice//^SM /) bring the 
material to life for audiences of all ages. Daily Make Your Own Glass 
experiences at the Museum enable visitors to create their own work in a 
state-of-the-art hot glassmaking studio.


The Museum's campus includes a year-round glassmaking school and the 
Rakow Research Library, the world's foremost archive and reference 
collection on the history of glassmaking. A center for scholarship, the 
Museum also publishes glass-focused periodicals, books, and exhibition 


Located in the heart of the Finger Lakes Wine Country of New York State, 
the Museum is open daily, year-round. Kids and teens 19 and under 
receive free admission. The Corning Museum of Glass is conveniently 
located directly off I-86/Rte. 17, mid-way between Niagara Falls and New 
York City.




For more information, please contact:


Maggie Berget / Christine D'Aleo


Yvette Sterbenk

Resnicow Schroeder Associates


Corning Museum of Glass

(212) 671-5157 / 5178


(607) 974-8124

mberget / cdaleo at resnicowschroeder.com


sterbenkym at cmog.org


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