Issue 138 | Spring

Editor's Letter

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.

Hourglass

New York design gallery helps Jerusalem art academy raise funds through student sale; Artists who worked collaboratively asHauberg Fellows at Pilchuck present work at university gallery; In Memoriam: Irvin J. Borowsky (1924 - 2014); WheatonArts draws contemporary artists to Millville, New Jersey, through innovative project; Boston's Society of Arts and Crafts promotes longtime head of exhibitions to post of executive director; historic cameos meet social media in Charlotte Potter’s museum installation; Sybren Valkema’s archive to be digitized by Corning’s Rakow Library; in New York public art installation, Paula Hayes turns her focus to inorganic environments; Amélie Girard‘s solo exhibition at Espace VERRE bridges science and art; Missing elements of Chihuly botanical installation found, suspects arrested.

Reviews

Lou Lynn at the Centre Materia in Quebec City, Quebec; Josiah McElheny at Corbett vs. Dempsey in Chicago; group neon show at the Atrium Gallery at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana; Eli Hansen and Oscar Tuazon at the Maccarone Gallery, New York City.

UrbanGlass News

Meet members of the UrbanGlass studio: Susan Schulman and Andrea Osnow of Mazel Tov Glass, and artist and designer Amy Lemaire.

Reflection

by Thomas Phifer

Designing the New Contemporary Wing of The Corning Museum of Glass.

Features

A New Frame for Contemporary Glass

by Andrew Page

An exquisite, $64-million new wing at The Corning Museum of Glass presents large-scale work in a new light – and opens the door to a new presentation of Studio Glass and it’s place in history.

Made by Ennion

by Andrew Page

A conversation with Christopher S. Lightfoot, curator of Roman art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, on the landmark exhibition that reunites 22 exquisite mold-blown drinking jugs and cups, made some 2,000 years ago by a glass master far ahead of his time.

In Perpetuity

by William Ganis

Gifts of glass collections to major museums are more than acts of generosity; they institutionalize a unique approach to collecting art and enshrine a particular taste for future generations.

(Im)Perfectionists

by Hamish Jackson

Four emerging artists — Damien François, Anna Mlasowsky, Anjali Srinivasan, and Brett Swenson — deconstruct the material in search of new languages of expression.

GLASS: The UrbanGlass Quarterly, a glossy art magazine published four times a year by UrbanGlass has provided a critical context to the most important artwork being done in the medium of glass for 35 years.