Corning Museum of Glass breaks ground on new North Wing

The Corning Museum of Glass is breaking ground on it’s new North Wing expansion project,on June 7. Featuring a new building devoted to contemporary glass and a new venue for the Museum’s signature glassmaking demonstrations.

Corning Museum of Glass New Wing

Designed by architect Thomas Phifer and Partners, the 100,000-square-foot North Wing expansion features light-filled galleries for the 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 expansion will dramatically enhance the visitor experience for the Museum’s growing domestic and international audiences. The $64 million project—fully funded before groundbreaking by major benefactor Corning Incorporated—is scheduled for completion in 2014.

Phifer’s design creates 26,000 square feet of gallery space specifically engineered to showcase the Museum’s growing collections of large-scale contemporary works of art and design in glass. The new gallery building—which will be the largest space anywhere dedicated to the presentation of contemporary art in glass—will feature filtered natural daylight using a sophisticated light-filtering system. The wing will also accommodate a new temporary exhibition gallery devoted exclusively to contemporary art and design.

The design also includes an innovative renovation of the iconic ventilator building of the former Steuben Glass factory, which is adjacent to the Museum’s current building. The renovation provides a new venue for the Museum’s signature live glassmaking presentations. The new glassmaking space will accommodate 500 people through retractable banked seating, as well as a gallery-level balcony running around the perimeter of the venue and offering 360-degree views of the glassmaking below.

The public is welcome to attend, please RSVP to 607.438.5430 or [email protected]

The Corning Museum of Glass – One Museum Way – Corning, NY 14830
800.732.6845 or 607.937.5371

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