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The Corning Museum of Glass to Present Dazzling Exhibitions this Summer

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April 27, 2021

As the summer travel season nears and COVID restrictions loosen across the United States, many are planning to venture beyond their local area for the first time in more than a year. The Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG) is a must-not-miss, bucket-list destination in New York’s Finger Lakes Wine Country. This summer, the Museum will be presenting the perfect pairing of exhibitions In Sparkling Company: Glass and Social Life in Britain During the 1700s (opening May 22) and Fire and Vine: The Story of Glass and Wine (opening July 3, in time for the Fourth of July weekend).

Fire and Vine will reveal the art, history, and science of how glass touches wine as it travels from the grape, to the bottle, and to the cup on our table. The exhibit will feature a dense display of dozens of wine glasses from around the world, representing the many styles, tastes, and occasions where wine was celebrated. Other highlights on view include a rare 2,000-year-old fragment of cameo glass depicting a grape harvest, a still-sealed bottle of wine found in an 18th-century shipwreck off the coast of England, and a 17th-century Italian document describing an “almost unbreakable glass jar” that could prevent wine from spoiling, among other fascinating objects.

Fans of Bridgerton will feel right at home at In Sparkling Company, which will present the glass objects that delighted the British elite of the 18th century, including the elaborate tableware, polished mirrors, dazzling lighting devices, and glittering costumes and jewelry of the period. A state-of-the art virtual reality reconstruction will bring to life a glass drawing room, dismantled more than 200 years ago that has been brought back to life through painstaking research.

For those who have become intrigued by glass because of the hit Netflix series Blown Away, CMoG is hosting a display of 10 objects created during the recently released second season, one by each artist. Blown Away: Season 2 highlights CMoG’s involvement in the series, and includes a behind-the-scenes video filmed on set. (On view through 2021).

Visitors to CMoG can also explore the Museum’s permanent collection (the world’s most important collection of glass with the finest examples of glassmaking from across 3,500 years), see a live glassblowing demonstration in the Amphitheater Hot Shop (also available virtually on the Museum’s YouTube and Facebook pages every other Thursday at 5:30 PM, starting June 3), and make their own piece of glass in the Studio. Of course, visitors to the area might also enjoy visiting wineries like Dr. Konstantin Frank Winery and Pleasant Valley Wine Company, which CMoG has partnered with to realize Fire and Vine.

CMoG is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours until 7 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day. Regular adult admission is $20; kids and teens 17 and under are free. Combination tickets are available with the nearby Rockwell Museum, a Smithsonian affiliate. Advanced registration is strongly encouraged.

About The Corning Museum of Glass

The Corning Museum of Glass is the foremost authority on the art, history, science, and design of glass. It is home to the world’s most important collection of glass, including the finest examples of glassmaking spanning 3,500 years. Live glassblowing demonstrations (offered at the Museum and on the road), bring the material to life. Daily Make Your Own Glass experiences at the Museum enable visitors to create work in a state-of-the-art glassmaking studio. The campus in Corning includes a year-round glassmaking school—The Studio—and the Rakow Research Library, with the world’s preeminent collection of materials on the art and history of glass. Located in the heart of the Finger Lakes Wine Country of New York State, the Museum is open daily, year-round. Children and teens, 17 and under, receive free admission.