corning-museum-of-glass-logo.jpgMajor exhibition, Life on a String: 35 Centuries of the Glass Bead, opens May 18, with related bead programming Corning, N.Y. - Tour galleries, explore special exhibitions, choose from more than 50 live glass demos each day, see free artist lectures and demos, and enjoy tons of family activities at The Corning Museum of Glass this summer. The Museum is open late, 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., seven days a week, May 27 through September 2. Adult admission is $15.00. A special rate of $6.00 is offered to residents living in the 148, 149 and 169 ZIP codes. Kids and teens, 19 and under, receive free admission. A focus of programming this summer is glass beads. Visitors can see the exhibition, Life on a String: 35 Centuries of the Glass Bead, watch live beadmaking demonstrations and make their own glass bead (glass beadmaking experience is for ages 14+ and requires an additional fee). For more information on any of the following events, call (800) 732-6845 or (607) 937-5371 or visit cmog.org Exhibitions Life on a String: 35 Centuries of the Glass Bead May 18, 2013-Jan 5, 2014 Symbolizing power, enabling ornamentation, and facilitating trade, glass beads are miniature masterpieces that have played significant roles throughout time and across cultures. This major exhibition explores glass beads and beaded objects made by various cultures, representing 3,500 years of human history. Life on a String: 35 Centuries of the Glass Bead showcases, for the first time, many important works from the Museum's large historical glass bead collection, as well as objects on loan from seven institutions. Half-hour guided tours of the exhibition will be offered on Wednesdays, June 26-August 28, at 2:00 p.m. Included in Museum admission. Masters of Studio Glass: Richard Marquis On view through February 2, 2014 Richard Marquis has had an extraordinary influence on the development of contemporary studio glass. The works in the exhibition clearly reflect his understanding of color and form, as well as his sense of humor and willingness to experiment. Included in Museum admission. The Flood of '72: Community, Collections, and Conservation On view through January 3, 2014 On June 23, 1972, Corning and surrounding communities were devastated by a major flood, as a result of Tropical Storm Agnes. Hundreds of objects were broken, Library materials were saturated with flood water, and the facility was covered with a thick layer of slime and mud. This Rakow Research Library exhibit chronicles the determination of Museum staff and the community to rebuild, and sheds light on the unique conservation techniques that were used to restore Library materials.Free admission at the Rakow Research Library of The Corning Museum of Glass. Summer Activities and Events Studio Faculty Presentation June 4 Enjoy a free, informal lecture by Studio faculty members and renowned glass artists, Amanda Gundy, Marshall Hyde, John Kobuki, Doug Randall and April Surgent. 7:30 p.m. at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass. Admission is free and registration is not required. Call to (607) 438-5100 confirm speakers' dates, which are subject to change. Bead It! for Families June 8 In this special family activity (for ages 8+ with adult), you'll explore the world of beads. Start with a guided tour of the special exhibition, Life on a String. You'll learn about the history of beads and the ways they have been used by different cultures. Then, watch a glass Beadmaking Demo and use beads to create a piece of art or jewelry. 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. $10 per person; registration is required. Register at cmog.org/beads.For questions, contact 607.438.5112 or zinkms@cmog.org. Studio Faculty Presentation June 11 Enjoy a free, informal lecture by Studio faculty members and renowned glass artists, Mark Ditzler, William Gudenrath, Stephanie Sersich, Boyd Sugiki and Lisa Zerkowitz. 7:30 p.m. at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass. Admission is free and registration is not required. Call to (607) 438-5100 confirm speakers' dates, which are subject to change. Studio Faculty Presentations: June 18 Enjoy a free, informal lecture by Studio faculty members and renowned glass artists, Beccy Feather, Judy Hill, Jiyong Lee, Alexander Rosenberg & Loren Stump. The Studio. 7:30 p.m. at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass. Admission is free and registration is not required. Call to (607) 438-5100 confirm speakers' dates, which are subject to change. Meet the Artist: Michael Glancy June 20 Hear a free public lecture by artist Michael Glancy, whose abstract vessels explore nature, science, and metaphysics. Glancy's pieces begin as cell-like patterns and arcane notations jotted down on paper. The objects slowly acquire form and texture, shaped and revealed by cutting, sandblasting, and the application of copper through an electroforming process in which the objects are attached to electrodes and placed in a chemical bath. Glancy's pieces evolve from each other, and they are essentially organic. His finished objects-elegant, self-assured vessels grounded on a field, or base plate-have the demeanor of a figure in a landscape. Even though the work is abstract, nature is always present. Glancy studied glass with Dale Chihuly at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in the 1970s. Today, he is an adjunct faculty member of the metals department at RISD. His work is represented in many private and public collections including The Corning Museum of Glass.6:00 p.m. Free and open to the public. RSVP to membership@cmog.org or 607.438.5600 by June 13. Studio Faculty Presentation June 25  Enjoy a free, informal lecture by Studio faculty members and renowned glass artists, Heike Brachlow, Denise Stillwaggon Leone and Davide Salvadore. 7:30 p.m. at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass. Admission is free and registration is not required. Call to (607) 438-5100 confirm speakers' dates, which are subject to change. Studio Faculty Presentation July 2 Enjoy a free, informal lecture by Studio faculty members and renowned glass artists, Emilio Santini and Simone Crestani. 7:30 p.m. at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass. Admission is free and registration is not required. Call to (607) 438-5100 confirm speakers' dates, which are subject to change. Glass Camp: Amazing Accidents July 8-12 Campers ages 9-11 will learn how glass innovators changed the world with glass, whether it was by accident or on purpose. Science will come to life with gallery hunts, writing activities, a hands-on glass experience, and a special interactive demonstration with the Super Scientific Circus. For ages 9-11. $75 per child. Registration required. Contact glasscamp@cmog.org. Studio Faculty Presentation July 9 Enjoy a free, informal lecture by Studio faculty members and renowned glass artists, Katharine Coleman, Wesley Fleming, Ross Richmond and Nathan Sandberg. 7:30 p.m. at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass. Admission is free and registration is not required. Call to (607) 438-5100 confirm speakers' dates, which are subject to change. Little Gather: Super Scientific Circus - The Science of Magic July 10 Introduce little ones to the Museum at Little Gather events. Mirrors, magnets, air, optical illusions, and mental confusions demonstrate the principles of light, sight, reflection, magnetism, memory, air pressure, and logic. You can try some of the featured tricks at home! Explore the Innovation Center to learn more about the science of glass after the show. 11:00 a.m. Little Gather admission is free for everyone. Adults must pay Museum admission if exploring the galleries after the show. For program details contact littlegather@cmog.org or (607) 438-5113. Studio Faculty Presentation July 16 Enjoy a free, informal lecture by Studio faculty members and renowned glass artists, Kimiake Higuchi, Shin-ichi Higuchi and Ethan Stern. 7:30 p.m. at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass. Admission is free and registration is not required. Call to (607) 438-5100 confirm speakers' dates, which are subject to change. Little Gather: Doc Possum - Sing-along July 17 Introduce little ones to the Museum at Little Gather events. Local singer-songwriter Doc Possum has a special acoustic show just for us, including old favorites, and new songs about glass beads and our Paperweight Pals (based on the Museum's toddler book). After the show, check out the new exhibition, Life on a String: 35 Centuries of the Glass Bead.11:00 a.m. Little Gather admission is free for everyone. Adults must pay Museum admission if exploring the galleries after the show. For program details contact littlegather@cmog.org or (607) 438-5113. Studio Faculty Presentation July 23 Enjoy a free, informal lecture by Studio faculty members and renowned glass artists, Cédric Ginart, William Gudenrath and Karina Guévin. 7:30 p.m. at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass. Admission is free and registration is not required. Call to (607) 438-5100 confirm speakers' dates, which are subject to change. Little Gather: Mega Bubble Man - Wonderful World of Bubblopolis  July 24 Introduce little ones to the Museum at Little Gather events. Venture to the Land of Bubblopolis and meet Mayor Roy G. Biv and his friends. Participate in all the color and splendor of Bodacious Bubbles with Mega Bubble Man. Visit the Carder Gallery after the show to see colorful glass made in Corning. 11:00 a.m. Little Gather admission is free for everyone. Adults must pay Museum admission if exploring the galleries after the show. For program details contact littlegather@cmog.org or (607) 438-5113. Little Gather: Tom Knight Puppets - Fun with Puppets  July 31 Introduce little ones to the Museum at Little Gather events. Meet Henry the Magician, the Little Elephant, Andy the Recycling Guy, and Allie the Alligator as you sing and dance with this puppet show. Find fun glass characters in the Collection Galleries after the show and make up your own stories. 11:00 a.m. Little Gather admission is free for everyone. Adults must pay Museum admission if exploring the galleries after the show. For program details contact littlegather@cmog.org or (607) 438-5113. Glass Camp: Art Experts August 5-9 People have been making glass into useful and artistic items for thousands of years. At Glass Camp, kids ages 12-13, will learn about glass made in ancient Egypt, designed by modern artists like Salvador Dalí and Picasso, and more. Campers will experience art through creative projects, gallery hunts, writing activities, and a hands-on glass experience. They will conclude the week as "experts," giving tours to each other in the galleries. For ages 12-13. $75 per child. Registration required. Contact glasscamp@cmog.org. Beginning Glassblowing for Teens Studio Class  August 5-9 Teens, ages 14-16, with no glassworking experience can dive into this five-day, hands-on opportunity to work with molten glass. Instruction will focus on basic processes and safety for shaping hot glass. Students will develop team-working skills while working in the hot shop. 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Open to ages 14-16. $455 per student. Registration required. Parental written permission is required to participate. Register at cmog.org/studio. Little Gather: Susan Rozler - Instruments around the World August 7 Introduce little ones to the Museum at Little Gather events. Get hands-on with music! Susan will introduce instruments from around the world. You'll hear instruments from Africa to America, and everywhere in between. Then, search for glass from the same countries in the Collection Galleries after the show. 11:00 a.m. Little Gather admission is free for everyone. Adults must pay Museum admission if exploring the galleries after the show. For program details contact littlegather@cmog.org or (607) 438-5113. Studio Faculty Presentation August 13 Enjoy a free, informal lecture by Studio faculty members and renowned glass artists, Rene Culler, Martin Janecky, Pavel Novak, Martin Rosol and David Willis. 7:30 p.m. at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass. Admission is free and registration is not required. Call to (607) 438-5100 confirm speakers' dates, which are subject to change. Little Gather: Prismatic Magic - Space Science Spectacular August 14 Introduce little ones to the Museum at Little Gather events.  Discover how lasers are transforming the study of astronomy and space exploration. Learn why today's most advanced robotic space probes now carry laser-powered instruments, including the first "laser gun," to map the surface of other planets and to sniff-out the chemical composition of outer space. Discover more about telescopes in the Optics Gallery of the Innovation Center after the show.11:00 a.m. Little Gather admission is free for everyone. Adults must pay Museum admission if exploring the galleries after the show. For program details contact littlegather@cmog.org or (607) 438-5113. Studio Faculty Presentation August 27 Enjoy a free, informal lecture by Studio faculty members and renowned glass artists, Pavlína Camblová, Richard Golding, Alyssa Oxley, Martin Rosol and Cesare Toffolo. 7:30 p.m. at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass. Admission is free and registration is not required. Call to (607) 438-5100 confirm speakers' dates, which are subject to change. The Corning Museum of Glass (www.cmog.org) is home to the world's most comprehensive and celebrated collection of glass, with more than 45,000 objects reflecting 3,500 years of glassmaking history. An independent, non-profit, educational institution, the Museum is dedicated to the art, history, science, research and exhibition of glass. Call (607) 937-5371 or visit http://www.cmog.org/ for more information.

###

Contact: Yvette Sterbenk  (607) 438-5273 sterbenkym@cmog.org www.cmog.org/press-center