harvest_hot_glass_show_300.jpgCorning, NY - This summer, the voices of contemporary artists echo through The Corning Museum of Glass. Visitors can explore three contemporary glass exhibitions and then express their own artistic voices through hands-on projects for all ages. Museum activities (May 22 - September 7) include:
    • Three contemporary glass-focused special exhibitions, in addition to the permanent collection showcasing 35 centuries of glass history (all included in Museum admission).
    • Tours of the collection with an artist who teaches at The Studio, as well as other guided and self-guided tour options (included in Museum admission).
    • Live glass demonstrations: Hot Glass Show glassblowing demonstrations (including a new How'd They Do That? show and The Late Show), Flameworking Demos, Glassbreaking Demos, Optical Fiber Demos (NEW this year!). More than 40 shows and demos are offered each day and all are included in Museum admission.
    • Design a piece of glass for the You Design It; We Make It! feature of the Hot Glass Show and see if a gaffer chooses your piece to create.
    • Forty-minute Make Your Own Glass workshops, with special contemporary-themed projects, like sandblasted vessels, fused pendants, and blown glass sculpture (projects exist for all ages; additional fee applies; reserve your spot at www.cmog.org
The Museum is open until 8:00 p.m. every day from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day (closes at 5:00 p.m. the rest of the year), giving visitors the opportunity to explore the natural beauty of the region during the day and then explore the Museum's collections, exhibitions and hands-on activities. Adult admission to The Corning Museum of Glass is $12.50; kids, 19 and under, receive free admission. Local residents with zip codes beginning with 148, 149, or 169, pay only a $5 admission fee to enjoy all the Museum has to offer. Proof of residency is required. Special events and exhibitions from June through August include: Favorites from the Contemporary Glass Collection Exhibition Through January 3, 2010 Changing Exhibitions Gallery Discover (or rediscover!) some of our most popular contemporary works. Evening Dress with Shawl by Karen LaMonte, Red Pyramid by Stanislav Libenský and Jaroslava Brychtová, and Untitled (White) by Josiah McElheny are just a few of the favorites from the Contemporary Glass Collection highlighted in this special exhibition. Included in Museum admission. Adult admission is $12.50; kids and teens, 19 and under, free.  Call (607) 937-5371 for more information.     Masters of Studio Glass: Richard Craig Meitner Exhibition Through October 18 West Bridge The intellectual, poetic, and always changing work of the American artist Richard Craig Meitner reflects a variety of influences and ideas, from Japanese textiles and Italian painting and applied arts to science and the natural world. Meitner revels in unusual juxtapositions of forms and ideas, and in the intersections between art and science.  Included in Museum admission. Adult admission is $12.50; kids and teens, 19 and under, free.  Call (607) 937-5371 for more information.      Glass in Nature Display Ongoing Glass Collection Gallery Glass is a state of matter, and one that can be found throughout nature. See fascinating examples of volcanic glass, glass created by meteors, "glassy" sea animals, and more. Included in Museum admission. Adult admission is $12.50; kids and teens, 19 and under, free.  Call (607) 937-5371 for more information. Voices of Contemporary Glass: The Heineman Collection Exhibition May 16, 2009 - January 3, 2010 Changing Exhibitions Gallery Explore international studio glass through the Heineman collection, which showcases more than 240 important works by 87 international artists, including Dale Chihuly, Stanislav Libensky and Jaroslava Brychtová, Harvey K. Littleton, Klaus Moje, and Toots Zynsky. The exhibition focuses on the "voices" of individual artists with video interviews. Included in Museum admission. Adult admission is $12.50; kids and teens, 19 and under, free.  Call (607) 937-5371 for more information.  Heart Stampin,' Crucible Bustin,' Pipebendin': Inside Studio Glass Exhibit May 18 - October 17, 2009 Rakow Research Library Enjoy a display of posters, photographs, drawings, and ephemera from the Studio Glass movement, including design drawings by Dale Chihuly and Stanislav Libenský, a number of artists' works on paper, posters from American studio glass conferences, and more. Free admission. Open Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Contact the Library at (607) 974-8649 for more information. Studio Faculty Presentations Select Tuesdays, June 2 - September 8 Enjoy free, informal lectures by top artists who teach at The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass. Learn about each artist's work and the techniques used. 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays. Free admission. The Studio Lecture Room. Call 607.974.6467 to confirm speakers' dates, which are subject to change. June 2: John Miller, Loren Stump, Davide Salvadore, Shin-ichi and Kimiake Higuchi,       Jiyong Lee June 9: William Gudenrath, Cesare Toffolo, Jirí Harcuba June 16:  Elio Quarisa, Jirí Harcuba, Martin Rosol June 23:  Suellen Fowler, Jesse Kohl, Catharine Newell June 30:  Joel O'Dorisio, Alex Hamilton, Mary White, Reddy Lieb, Martin Rosol July 7:  Chris Taylor, Emilio Santini, Alex Hamilton July 14:  Chad Holliday, Denise Stillwaggon Leone July 21:  Tobias Møhl, Margaret Neher, Martin Kremer, Jayne Persico July 28:  Amy Rueffert, Jodi Salerno, Paul Stankard, Ingalena Klenell, Harry Seaman   August 11:  Angus Powers, Gianni Toso August 18:  Mark Ditzler, Ed and Martha Biggar August 25:  Martin Janecky, Matt Eskuche September 1:  Kirstie Rea, William Gudenrath September 8:  Amanda Gundy, Timothy Drier, Milon Townsend, William Gudenrath, Lucia Santini Artist's Choice Tours Enjoy a rare opportunity to discover glass through the eyes of artists teaching at The Studio. Hear about their favorites and what inspires their work. One-hour tours take place on Thursdays and Fridays at 4:15 p.m. Included in Museum admission. Adult admission is $12.50; kids and teens, 19 and under, free.  Call (607) 937-5371 for more information. June 4 and 5:  John Miller June 11 and 12: No Tour June 18:  Jesse Kohl June 19:  Catharine Newell June 25 and 26:  Jirí Harcuba July 2:  Mary White July 3:  Joel O'Dorisio July 9:  Denise Stillwaggon Leone July 10:  Emilio Santini July 16 :  Denise Stillwaggon Leone July 17 :  Emilio Santini July 23 :  Tobias Mohl July 24 :  Jayne Persico July 30 :  Amy Rueffert & Jodi Salerno July 31:  Paul Stankard August 6 and 7:  Harry Seaman August 13:  Gianni Toso August 14:  Mark Ditzler August 20:  Gianni Toso August 21:  Mark Ditzler August 27:  Kirstie Rea August 28:  William Gudenrath September 3:  Kirstie Rea September 4:  William Gudenrath September 10:  Milon Townsend September 11:  William Gudenrath Junior Curators' Exhibition June 26 - October 31, 2009 The Studio After weeks of study at the Museum, young adults in the community lend their own interpretation to contemporary works displayed at The Studio. Free admission. The Studio. Call 607.974.4091 for more information. Guided Tours of Voices of Contemporary Glass Wednesdays, July 1 - October 28 Explore the summer exhibition with Tina Oldknow, curator of modern glass. (Subject to her availability; the tour will be provided by a substitute guide in her absence.) 2:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, July 1 through October 28. Included in Museum admission. Adult admission is $12.50; kids and teens, 19 and under, free. Call (607) 937-5371 for more information. Little Gather Wednesdays, July 1- August 26 Little Gather storytelling sessions celebrate the voices through which we tell our stories. Families with kids ages 3 - 10 can experience storytelling through puppet shows, music, physical movement, and other interactive sessions! 11:00 a.m. show for the general public; 9:30 a.m. show for groups. Free admission; Adults pay $12.50 Museum admission if exploring the galleries after the story; reservations only required for the group shows. For group reservations, call 607.974.8635 or e-mail behandr@cmog.org. For program details, contact Kristy Bartenstein at bartenstkm@cmog.org or 607.974.3306. Larry Moss July 1 Larry Moss has broken the Guinness World Record for creating the Largest Non-Round Balloon Sculpture in the World. Help him catch a mouse using a balloon-made mousetrap. Learn about simple machines from Larry, then visit the Museum's Innovation Center to see glassmaking technology. Vincent July 8 Award-winning composer Vincent sings original songs written especially for younger children. Vincent's entertaining music touches on historical, literary, scientific, and emotional themes for kids in an upbeat, lively way. Voices of Corning Featuring Doc Possum, Claire Gonta-Smock, and Mary Lu Walker July 15 Corning's favorite children's songwriters come together for laughter, stories, and songs! Enjoy popular songs from each artist-including a song written for Little Gather, "It's Glass!" PUSH Physical Theatre July 22 Is it sculpture? Is it movement? This theatre of the body features performers who appear to manipulate time and space in a live environment. Happy Chapman July 29 Welcome to Mann's Curiosity Shop-home to the Chapman family and a place where stories are bought, sold, and traded. When Happy embarks on a journey to find the one thing he believes in, he discovers something that will change his life forever. After the performance, explore Voices of Contemporary Glass and find the hidden stories in glass sculpture. Madcap Puppets August 5 Hear classic Aesop's Fables, like The Boy Who Cried Wolf, The Lion and the Mouse, and The Hare and the Tortoise, retold by a cast of puppets-and you! These well-known stories have inspired many works of art. Visit the Carder Gallery after the show and discover what inspired Frederick Carder's designs. Tom Seiling August 12 Tom Seiling shares songs about our natural world in his participatory family program, "Howl at the Moon...with a Wild Thing Tune!" Find natural glass and howling animals in our glass objects with Glass Detectives gallery guides. Stories with Kristy B August 19 Have you ever found glass or shells at the beach and wondered where they came from? In this story, Nicole and her Nana visit the shore at Nana's childhood home. What they discover inspires Nana to share stories from long ago. The story is based on the book, The Story of Sea Glass, by Anne Wescott Dodd. Stories with Kristy B August 26 Follow a young Mexican girl on her journey to realize her dream of becoming a glassblower. Enjoy the book, Elena's Serenade, by Campbell Geeslin, for a fun end to the summer. Vitreous Adventures  Tuesdays, July 7 - 28 Kids, ages 8 - 10, can explore the world of glass from a detective's point of view. In these workshops, kids will sleuth their way through the collections, discover how glass is made, and look for clues that tell them more about the cultures that make glass. 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Free admission. Registration is required as space is limited. For details, contact Bonnie Wright at wrightbl@cmog.org or 607.974.4292. How Did They Do That? July 7 Have you ever wondered how different types of glass are made? We'll look for clues in the galleries and answer all of your questions about this crazy material called glass. Eye for Detail July 14 With glass, you sometimes have to look at the smallest features to determine where and how a piece of glass was made, and how it was used. Get out your magnifying glass and show us your "eye for detail." Clues to the Past July 21 Every good detective can spot hidden clues. Can you? We'll discover many things based on clues in the galleries, including evidence of ancient trade routes, ancient culture shock, and even a trend in medieval humor. Pieces of the Puzzle July 28 How do detectives solve mysteries? They assemble many pieces of information to figure out the answer. Glass conservation works the same way. Conservators at the Museum put broken pieces of glass back together, similar to how detectives assemble information. Come to the Museum and try to solve some glass puzzles yourself. About the Museum 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. The Museum is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day and from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the summer. Kids and teens, 19 and under, receive free admission.