An artist's rendering of the facade of the expanded Corning Museum of Glass in New York.
The Corning Museum of Glass in upstate New York will undergo a $64-million expansion that will add approximately 100,000 square feet of space to its facilities. The expansion, designed by architect Thomas Phifer and Partners, is expected to be completed in 2014.
The museum's executive director is Karol Wight, who served at the Getty Museum for more than 25 years--most recently as the senior curator for antiquities--before leaving the Los Angeles institution last year. Wight said in a statement Wednesday that the Corning Museum has experienced "tremendous" growth, and that the expansion is intended to help accommodate the "400,000 people who visit our campus each year."
By way of comparison, the Getty sees well over 1 million visitors each year.
Ms. Karol Wight has experience with museum renovations. Most recvently, she helped to oversee the $275-million renovation of the Getty Villa that was completed in 2006.
The Corning Museum of Glass is home to the world's most comprehensive and celebrated collection of glass.
The self-guided tour of the Museum begins in the Contemporary Glass Gallery and continues through the Glass Collection Galleries, showcasing more than 3,500 years of glass. It continues on to the Glass Innovation Center, which offers an interactive look at the way new discoveries in glass have changed the world. The tour includes the Hot Glass Show, a live narrated demonstration of hot glassblowing offered all day, everyday.
You may also rent an iPod Touch to browse the Museum's mobile app as you walk through the galleries. Explore more than 60 objects in the galleries, narrated by the Museum's curators. Complete with a family-friendly option.
Glass Collection Galleries
The Glass Collection Galleries show the most comprehensive and celebrated glass collection in the world. The galleries explore Near Eastern, Asian, European, and American glass and glassmaking...
Ben W. Heineman Sr. Family Gallery of Contemporary Glass
The Museum's gallery of contemporary glass focuses on vessels, objects, sculptures, and installations made by international artists over the last 25 years. The purpose of the gallery is to show...
Frederick Carder Gallery
Adjacent to The Studio, the Frederick Carder Gallery features an extensive collection of glass designed by Frederick Carder (1863&endash;1963), a gifted English designer who managed Steuben Glass Works...
The Jerome and Lucille Strauss Study Gallery
The Study Gallery is filled with a wide range of objects from all periods. The gallery is named after Museum benefactors Jerome and Lucille Strauss, who, by gift and bequest, provided the Museum...
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PROMETHEUS, Internet Bulletin for Art, News, Politics and Science, Nr. 178, June 2012