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The Art of Glass: Masterpieces from the Corning Museum

December 9, 1990 – April 14, 1991
East Building, Ground Floor, Northwest

Installation view of The Art of Glass: Masterpieces from the Corning Museum, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Gallery Archives

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: On view were 121 decorative and utilitarian works from the Corning Museum of Glass, surveying 35 centuries of glass-making technology and stylistic developments from ancient Egyptian, Roman, Islamic, and Asian cultures to contemporary American and European examples. The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York, and the National Gallery of Art organized the exhibition.

Organization: The works were selected by Corning Museum staff members Dwight P. Lanmon, director and curator of European glass; David B. Whitehouse, curator of ancient and Islamic glass; Jane Shadel Spillman, curator of American glass; and Susanne K. Frantz, curator of 20th-century glass. Gaillard Ravenel and Mark Leithauser designed the exhibition, and Gordon Anson designed the lighting.

Family guide: The Art of Glass: Masterpieces from The Corning Museum, by Ellen Cutler. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 1990.

Catalog: Masterpieces of Glass: A World History from The Corning Museum of Glass, by Robert J. Charleston with contributions by David B. Whitehouse and Susanne K. Frantz. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 1990.

Other Venues: IBM Gallery, New York, December 12, 1989–February 2, 1990