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The Corning Museum of Glass is temporarily closed as we do our part to limit the spread of COVID-19. All previously scheduled classes, events, and programs are cancelled until further notice.

Behind the Glass

Behind the Glass

The Behind the Glass lecture series takes place the second Thursday of the month. These events include the Museum’s popular Meet the Artist lectures, as well as talks by curators, writers, and historians. All lectures are free and open to the public. Watch past lectures on the Museum's YouTube Channel.

Upcoming Behind the Glass Lectures

Please check back for updates on upcoming events


a person speaks to others in front of a case of historic glass
May 14, 2020 6:30pm to 7:30pm
This event has been cancelled. For more information, visit our COVID-19 Health and Safety Updates page.  Join us for an evening of poetry as local...
a man in a suit is facing you in a slight three quarters pose
March 10, 2020 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Arts in Education: A Matrix of Possibilities for Human Creativity James Haywood Rolling, Jr. is the current President-Elect of the National Art...
“Bridge” Palomar Series 012 by Mark Peiser
February 13, 2020 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Since 1967 when Mark Peiser became involved with the Studio Glass Movement, he has been recognized for his unique approach and accomplishments. His...


The 2019 Rakow Commission: Untitled by David Colton
November 14, 2019 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Heavily influenced by the rise of graffiti in America in the 1980s and 90s, David Colton creates his own take on the graphic art form in sculpture,...
The Gay Agenda: Glass Edition
October 17, 2019 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Presented by Fusion. Join New Glass Now artists Támas Ábel, Deborah Czeresko, and Matthew Day Perez at this special panel programmed by...
Black & white photo of eight women in an office doing research circa 1890.
April 11, 2019 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Not initially called astronomers they were assistants, or human "computers," or Pickering’s Harem after Edward Pickering, a director of the Harvard...
March 28, 2019 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Join Japanese artist and educator Rui Sasaki as she unveils for the first time her 2018 Rakow Commission piece. The Rakow Commission is awarded...
Opaque frosted glass evening dress with shawl
February 14, 2019 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Working in the Czech Republic, Karen LaMonte casts life-size glass figures using the lost-wax method to create a detailed mold of a carefully chosen...
January 10, 2019 6:30pm to 8:00pm
For positively one night only on January 10, see The Grand Bohemian Troupe of Fancy Glass Workers at The Corning Museum of Glass. Over a span of 300...


December 13, 2018 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Vienna 1900 was at the heart of European modernity as a unique set of circumstances gave rise to a new and modern life there. Join Janis Staggs,...
Behind the Glass: November
November 8, 2018 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Dr. Jane Cook moved four years ago from the anonymity of a bench scientist in Corning Inc.’s research laboratory to become a sought-after lecturer,...
Behind the Glass: April
April 19, 2018 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Please join us for Behind the Glass on April 19, when Mary Branson will discuss the artistic commission she created for the Houses of Parliament in...
Behind the Glass: New Discoveries in Early Nigerian Glassmaking
March 8, 2018 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Newly discovered glass beads, crucible fragments, and raw glass from Ile-Ife, Nigeria, provide evidence for a massive workshop making glass beads for...
Behind the Glass: Anna Mlasowsky
February 8, 2018 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Anna Mlasowsky focuses her curiosity on studying the traditions and habits of glassmaking. “The way we evaluate a material and use its properties is...


Dr. Karlyn Sutherland, 2017 Rakow Commission artist
November 9, 2017 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Dr. Karlyn Sutherland, a Scottish emerging artist, is the recipient of the 2017 Rakow Commission. This honor is bestowed annually on an artist who...
Behind the Glass: In-Cider Information
September 14, 2017 6:30pm to 7:30pm
The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes and The Corning Museum of Glass present Behind the Glass: In-Cider Information on Thursday,...
Balloon Dog, ©Jeff Koons, 1994-2000.
May 11, 2017 6:30pm to 7:30pm
One of the most influential and controversial American artists active today, Jeff Koons elevates popular culture into a high art form. His artwork...
Behind the Glass: Local Artists Week
March 9, 2017 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Pursuing one’s dream to be a working artist can be a challenge. It takes determination, imagination, and pure grit. Many people have built their...
Behind the Glass: Toots Zynsky
February 9, 2017 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Toots Zynsky is known for her distinctive filet de verre (glass thread) vessels, which are unique explorations of color and form. Their exceptional...
Behind the Glass: Foldscopes
January 12, 2017 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Max Coyle along with Dr. Manu Prakesh, both experts in applied physics at Stanford University, created Foldscope, an origami-based microscope made of...


Behind the Glass: Lauscha Ornaments
December 8, 2016 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Glass Christmas ornaments, now an essential part of many holiday celebrations, had their humble beginnings in Lauscha, Germany. Experience that...
Behind the Glass: Meet the 2016 Rakow Commission Artist Thaddeus Wolfe
November 10, 2016 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Thaddeus Wolfe employs the technique of mold blowing to create objects that appear futuristic and otherworldly. Blocky and geometric with richly...
Spineless: Portraits of Marine Invertebrates, the Backbone of Life
September 8, 2016 6:00pm to 7:00pm
In Spineless, highly acclaimed photographer Susan Middleton explores the astonishing world of marine invertebrates. Vivid portraits reveal...
Behind the Glass: Tom Patti
April 14, 2016 6:00pm to 7:00pm
In his Behind the Glass lecture, SPACE: Real and Imagined, Tom Patti, who recently completed a Specialty Glass Residency in Corning, will discuss his...
Transmart miniascape (Yasuaki Kakehi, 2012)
March 10, 2016 6:00pm to 7:00pm
How can technologies enhance human sensation, imagination, skill, communication? These are the questions Yasuaki Kakehi seeks to address through his...
Mark Matthews BTG Lecture
February 11, 2016 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Join Mark Matthews as he presents Origins, Inspirations, and Unprecedented Extrapolations: Confessions of a Glass Sphere Maker. Described by...


Behind the Glass: Spencer Finch
December 10, 2015 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Spencer Finch uses poetry, art history, history and science to investigate the mechanics of perception. In locations all over the world including the...
Meet the 2015 Rakow Commission Artist: Bernhard Schobinger
November 12, 2015 6:00pm to 7:00pm
The 2015 Rakow Commission has been awarded to Swiss studio jeweler Bernhard Schobinger.   Please join us at The Corning Museum of Glass on November...
Behind the Glass: Ayala Serfaty
October 5, 2015 6:00pm to 7:00pm
The newest sculpture at the Corning Museum of Glass is the focus of October’s Behind the Glass lecture. Israeli designer Ayala Serfaty will speak...
Behind the Glass: Pilchuck: A Dance with Fire
September 10, 2015 6:00pm to 7:00pm
In the summer of 1971 something revolutionary was happening at a remote tree farm north of Seattle, in Washington State. Little did the world realize...
Behind the Glass: Ennion and His Legacy: Mold-Blown Glass from Ancient Rome
June 11, 2015 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Soft drink bottles, drinking glasses and  glass Christmas ornaments are part of daily modern life, but their roots can be traced to the ancient world...
Thomas Phifer
May 5, 2015 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Thomas Phifer, architect of the Museum’s light-filled Contemporary Art + Design Wing that opened on March 20, connects the built environment with the...
Albert Paley
April 16, 2015 6:00pm to 7:00pm
American sculptor Albert Paley is best known for his large-scale works in metal, and was selected as the first artist to participate in the Specialty...
Invention in Early Glassblowing: The Road to Ennion
February 12, 2015 6:00pm to 7:00pm
*Please note that the start time of this lecture series has changed to 6 pm. If you're referring to the Calendar of Programs, please disregard the...
Behind the Glass Lecture: The Artist’s Library by Laura Damon-Moore & Erinn Batykefer
January 8, 2015 6:00pm to 7:00pm
*Please note that the start time of this lecture series has changed to 6 pm. If you're referring to the Calendar of Programs, please disregard the...


October 9, 2014 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Dr. Marvin Bolt, curator of Science and Technology at the Corning Museum of Glass will outline key features of glass and glassworking to describe the...