Library Exhibitions

Library Exhibitions

The Library showcases its collection in exhibitions curated by Library staff and displayed at The Rakow Research Library. Exhibits focus on specific themes from the collection or complement exhibitions of Museum objects in the main Museum building.

Current Exhibitions

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Upcoming Exhibitions

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Past Exhibitions

May 12, 2019 to June 1, 2020

New Glass Now | Context provides a glimpse of the history behind our current exhibition, New Glass Now by exploring the Museum’s Glass 1959 and New Glass: A Worldwide...

Une verriere / Eine Glassmacherin (detail), Martin Engelbrecht, Augsburg, 1730. CMGL 129856.

April 8, 2017 to February 17, 2019

From advertisements for glass eyes to patents for preserving the dead in glass; from glasshouse dollars to drawings by world-famous artists such as Thomas Benton, Salvador Dalí, Eric Gill, Fernand...

Microscope. Photo: Museum Boerhaave, Leiden, the Netherlands.

April 23, 2016 to March 19, 2017

Glass made it possible for scientists and artists to see tiny living creatures once invisible to the human eye. Revealing the Invisible: The History of Glass and the Microscope told the...

America’s Favorite Dish: Celebrating a Century of Pyrex

June 6, 2015 to March 20, 2016

America’s Favorite Dish: Celebrating a Century of Pyrex commemorated the history of Pyrex brand housewares, developed by Corning Glass Works in 1915. Central to the story of Pyrex are...

Design drawing for decanter and cosmetic jar with jeweled embellishments

May 17, 2014 to January 4, 2015

In the late 19th century and early 20th century, René Lalique’s jewelry, and then his beautifully designed glass objects and vessels, made him an influential figure in the Art Nouveau and Art Deco...

Corning 1972 flood

May 24, 2012 to January 3, 2014

On June 23, 1972, Corning and the surrounding communities were devastated by a major flood, as a result of the tropical storm Agnes. At the Museum, hundreds of objects were broken, more than half of...

Founders of American Studio Glass: Dominick Labino

November 17, 2011 to January 6, 2013

Founders of American Studio Glass: Dominick Labino presented documents selected from Labino’s extensive archive, held by the Rakow Research Library, and glass from the Museum’s collection....

Inspecting the Disk

January 10, 2011 to October 30, 2011

In 1928, the famed astronomer, George Ellery Hale, had a vision. He wanted to build the world’s largest telescope at Palomar Mountain in California—a research instrument that would allow scientists...

May 17, 2010 to December 31, 2010

Drawings for American %%Stained Glass%% showcased 19th- and 20th-century designs from studios and artists across the United States and illustrated the great diversity in style and subject...

Tiffany Treasures: Design Drawings by Alice Gouvy and Lillian Palmié

November 1, 2009 to April 30, 2010

The restoration of eight watercolor sketches from the enamel department of the Tiffany Furnaces provides the impetus for an important exhibit at the Rakow Research Library. Executed by Alice Gouvy...

Inside Studio Glass

May 18, 2009 to October 18, 2009

Heart Stampin’, Crucible Bustin’, Pipebendin’: Inside Studio Glass exhibited original works of art on paper representing artists of the American Studio Glass movement. These included a...

John Mandeville Woodcut - Science of Glassmaking

June 27, 2008 to January 4, 2009

A display of original materials from the Museum’s Rakow Research Library exploring glassmaking knowledge and lore from the 12th through the 19th century. The exhibit featured rare books and prints...

Perfume Bottles: From Design Table to Dressing Table

November 26, 2007 to February 1, 2008

This exhibition featured more than 30 items from the Rakow Research Library’s special collection of drawings, rare books, catalogs, and advertisements. Tracing the story of the perfume bottle from...

Marine Invertebrates

May 18, 2007 to November 9, 2007

The Blaschkas’ Sea Creatures: Inspiration and Creation The study of natural history was a popular pastime in the 19th century.  Universities, museums, and private collectors sought zoological and...