New Glass Now

100 artists, designers, and architects from more than 25 countries bring glass to life in this immersive exhibition featuring objects, lighting, videos, and multi-media installations. The selected artworks demonstrate the diversity of their makers and their skills, ranging from timely political commentary and investigations of the materiality of glass to explorations at the intersection of high-technology, tradition and the hand. The show includes emerging artists to established professionals representing nearly every glass working technique.

This first installation in the museum’s new curvilinear galleries gave the curators an initial glimpse at the possibilities for the display of artworks. Given the overall scale of the show and the requirements for security and visitor flow, the team confronted overall planning early and continually so that each of the pieces would be displayed in its best light. Ranging from minute jewelry to a large neon billboard, from media-driven technology to traditional glass vessels, the composition of white horizontal and vertical planes creates varied sub-environments that provide an elegant framework for the pieces. The orthogonal structure uses translucent and transparent glass barriers, white planes with a consistent 1 ½” black framing and simple vitrines to achieve its powerful yet highly nuanced ambiance.

Studio Joseph’s work also included a separate archival show in the library’s Rakow gallery that talked to the changing nature of the Annual show’s review process in the key years of 1959, 1979 and 2019.

Graphic Design: Studio Joseph

The curator’s directive to employ “glassy thinking” led to a minimalist insertion to stage a surprisingly distinct spectrum of artworks.