by Andrew Page
When the dramatic new contemporary wing opens at The Corning Museum of Glass on March 20, glass art and design will have, at last, a room of its own. Here is a space where new work in glass can be carefully considered in an uncluttered, contemplative environment, with room to breathe and exquisite natural daylight for illumination. And what a space—soaring ceilings, and everywhere you look the subtlety of architect Thomas Phifer’s tasteful, humanizing touch, which warms the otherwise minimalist environment. It will put new work in glass in a visual setting to rival any major contemporary art museum. Spacious enough to present the largest-scale work, with air and light, the Contemporary Art + Design Wing will impact not just the Corning collection (already known as the world’s most comprehensive), but the entire field of art made from glass, elevating and reframing the development of glass in art and design in the 20th century.