What is AAT?

The Art & Architecture Thesaurus (AAT) (r) is a structured vocabulary for generic concepts related to art and architecture. It was developed by The Getty Research Institute to help research institutions become consistent in the terminology they use.Learn More

Object Name: 
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 73 cm, L: 243.2 cm
Not on Display
Credit Line: 
13th Rakow Commission, purchased with funds from the Juliette K. and Leonard S. Rakow Endowment Fund
Web Description: 
"I like to try to do something new every time I make sculpture. Some of my pieces, when finished, look fairly simple, but the process is very complex. I am very interested in process; it's the way I get my ideas." —Michael Scheiner. Michael Scheiner studied at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Providence and at Ohio State University in Columbus. He has taught part-time at RISD for nearly 20 years. Scheiner is an accomplished glassblower who has chosen to focus on large-scale sculpture. He is interested in the contradictory fluid and rigid states of glass, and his work often incorporates other materials, such as wet clay, epoxy resin, and fiberglass. Bearing is an abstract, organic sculpture inspired by segmented forms found in nature. The tactile, soft yet muscled form refers to such different things as parts of the human body (fingers, intestine) and invertebrates (worms). According to the artist, Bearing “deals with issues of position, heading, and potential. It is made from mold-blown glass elements that were cut and fabricated to achieve the finished segmented form.”
Scheiner, Michael (American, b. 1956), Source
Primary Description: 
Sculpture, "Bearing". Glass, epoxy, copper; mold-blown, cut, assembled.
Skin to Skin with Michael Scheiner (2012-01) illustrated, pp. 44-45;
Contemporary Glass Sculptures and Panels: Selections from the Corning Museum of Glass (2008) illustrated, p. 36, 168-169 (fig. 69, plate 60); BIB# 107478
The Studio of The Corning Museum of Glass (2003) illustrated, p. 19 (top); BIB# 65445
The Corning Museum of Glass: A Decade of Glass Collecting 1990-1999 (2000) illustrated, p. 115, Rakow Commisssion; BIB# 65446