_O_pening May 12, the contemporary glass exhibition New Glass Now at the Corning Museum of Glass will showcase, among others, 10 artists living and working in The Netherlands, amo: Atelier NL (Lonny van Ryswyck and Nadine Sterk), Ans Bakker, Tord Boontje, Nacho Carbonell, David Derksen, Krista Israel, Hans de Kruijk, Jeroen Verhoeven, and Joep Verhoeven. New Glass Now will document the innovation and dexterity of artists, designers, and architects working in the challenging material of glass. A global survey designed to the show the breadth and depth of contemporary glassmaking, the exhibition will feature objects, installations, videos, and performances made in the last three years by 100 artists of 32 nationalities.
Works from The Netherlands
The Netherlands, b. 1975
Ayako Tani (research)
Japan/United Kingdom, b. 1981
and Hans de Kruijk (research)
The Netherlands, b. 1947
Lapi Boli Project and Pâte de verre vases in the Lapi Boli technique
China, Jingdezhen, and The Netherlands, Woudenberg, 2017–2018
Largest: 7 x 5.5 x 5.5 cm
Video, 4 min.
Project assistants: Hao Ran Zhu, Wilma Hornsveld
Photo: Liu Peng
About the Exhibition
The works included in New Glass Now were selected from some 1,400 submissions from 52 countries by a panel comprised of Susie J. Silbert, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Glass at CMoG, and three guest curators including: Aric Chen, curator at large M+ museum, Hong Kong; Susanne Joker Johnsen, artist and head of exhibitions at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Schools of Architecture, Design and Conservation, Denmark; and American Artist Beth Lipman.
New Glass Now is the third exhibition in a groundbreaking series organized by the Museum to survey contemporary glass on an international scale. Glass 1959 and New Glass: A Worldwide Survey, organized in 1959 and 1979, respectively, played an important role in creating and defining the field of contemporary glass. The 1959 exhibition helped lay the foundation for what became the Studio Glass Movement just a few years later in 1962, and the 1979 show spurred collecting by institutions and private individuals, new scholarly attention, and continued artistic innovation. The 1959 and 1979 exhibitions will be revisited in an exhibition, titled New Glass Then, in CMoG’s Rakow Library, which complements the exhibition of contemporary glass simultaneously on view.
Karol Wight, President and Executive Director of The Corning Museum of Glass, said: “New Glass Now continues a more than 60-year commitment to share the history of the medium over more than 35 centuries, including the contemporary development of art and design realized in glass. The exhibitions that CMoG curated in 1959 and 1979 defined the field of Studio Glass and brought critical attention to the work being done by glassmakers the world over. We hope that New Glass Now will continue this important tradition and reveal exciting new insights into work being made today across the globe.”
Coinciding with the opening of the exhibition, CMoG will publish the 40th-anniversary issue of New Glass Review, its annual exhibition-in-print of contemporary glass. Published since 1979, New Glass Review has brought important critical and popular attention to the material and the artists and designers working with it. The 2019 edition will include the 100 artworks and design objects chosen for the contemporary survey New Glass Now as well as important contextual essays and information. The publication is distributed in May each year with GLASS: The UrbanGlass Art Quarterly and can be purchased at the CMoG shops and online.
About the Corning Museum of Glass
The Corning Museum of Glass is home to the world’s most comprehensive collection of glass, tracing 35 centuries of glassmaking history, artistry, and technology. Housed in a unique collection of award-winning modern glass architecture, the Museum is the centerpiece of the city of Corning, NY, America’s center for glass innovation. Onsite amenities for visitors include a café and The Shops, offering an international selection of everything glass, from art glass and jewelry to books on glass and consumer glass products. The Museum’s campus includes a year-round glassmaking school, The Studio, and the Rakow Research Library, the world’s foremost archive and reference collection on the history of glassmaking. A center for scholarship, the Museum publishes glass-focused periodicals, books, DVDs, and exhibition catalogs. Live glassblowing demonstrations (offered at the Museum, on the road via Mobile Hot Shops, and on the water) 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 glassmaking studio.
The Corning Museum is home to more than 50,000 works in 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 Middle East, Asia, Europe and the Americas; and the range of artistic movements beginning in the late 19th century and extending to the present day.