Corning Museum of Glass Contemporary Art and Design opens new gallery space

The new Corning Museum of Glass Contemporary Art + Design wing opened to the public in March 2015.

The $64 million project provides 100,000 square feet of new space, including spacious light-filled galleries for its collection of contemporary works in glass, as well as one of the world’s largest facilities for glassblowing demonstrations and live glass design sessions.

The new gallery building—which will be the largest space anywhere dedicated to the presentation of contemporary art in glass—features skylighting with a sophisticated light-filtering system that is integrated with the structural roof beams. Inside, the works of art will be displayed largely independent of the curvilinear plaster walls, encouraging circulation and allowing contemplation of larger works in glass. The gallery features a 150-foot long window that provides views to the campus green and reorients the visitor to the larger landscape.

The clean white glass façade of the new contemporary gallery building is juxtaposed with the black exterior of the restored ventilator building. The museum features outdoor gathering areas, including a one-acre campus green which offers views into the luminous new gallery and glassmaking spaces. The renovation provides seating for 500 people, offering 360-degree views of glassmaking in a new state-of-the-art glass studio.

The new campus green is bordered by the 1951 Harrison & Abramowitz Corning Office building, the 2001 Smith-Miller Hawkinson façade, and new North Wing Expansion.

The design includes an innovative renovation of the iconic ventilator building of the former Steuben Glass factory adjacent the museum’s current building.

The museum opened with a huge party complete with glassmaking demos by top international glassmakers and great music from acclaimed artists.