Voices of Contemporary Glass: The Heineman Collection May 16, 2009 - January 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, Voices of Contemporary Glass: The Heineman Collection, will present 240 works in glass by 87 international artists. The exhibition showcases the collection donated to the Museum in 2006 by Ben W. Heineman, Sr. and his wife, Natalie G. Heineman, and features video interviews with a selection of artists represented, exploring their individual ideas, or "voices," in glass. "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," said Tina Oldknow, curator of modern glass and of the exhibition. 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Artist's Choice Tour: Each Thursday and Friday at 4:15 p.m., from June 4 -September 11, walk through the galleries with an artist from The Studio, and learn about what inspires him or her. Tours will be led by 18 different artists, including William Gudenrath, Jirí Harcuba, Denise Stillwaggon Leone, Paul Stankard, and Gianni Toso. Visit http://www.cmog.org/ for a complete schedule.
- Curator-led Tour of Voices of Contemporary Glass: Explore this year's major exhibition with curator of modern glass, Tina Oldknow. Tours are offered each Wednesday at 2:00 p.m., July 1 - October 28 (subject to her availability; the tour will be led by a substitute guide in her absence).
- Studio Tour: Take a 45-minute tour of The Studio and learn more about the various techniques taught in summer classes. Tours are offered daily, July 1- September 7, at 10:15 a.m.
- Hidden Treasures Tour: One-hour tours led by the Museum's knowledgeable docents focus on highlights in the galleries. Tours take place daily at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., May 22 - October 31. Additional tours will also be available at 3:00 p.m., July 1 - September 7.