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59th Annual Seminar on Glass

The Corning Museum of Glass

Happening Virtually | October 8–9, 2021

All are welcome to register for the free two-day seminar, which will include lectures and panel discussions, with pre- and post-seminar digital materials.

The Museum’s 59th Annual Seminar on Glass will be presented virtually, in conjunction with the special exhibition In Sparkling Company: Glass and Social Life in Britain during the 1700s. For the first time, the Annual Seminar on Glass will take place online, on Friday, October 8, and Saturday, October 9, 2021.

Day One: Staging the 18th Century

October 8, 2021 (10 am–3 pm EDT)

Dr. Christopher Maxwell, curator of early modern glass, will introduce the major themes and highlights of the special exhibition In Sparkling Company: Glass and the Costs of Social Life in Britain during the 1700s.

Three panel discussions will follow, in which CMoG staff and external collaborators will consider approaches to the interpretation, design, and digital components of the exhibition, including the remarkable virtual reality reconstruction of the now-lost glass drawing room at Northumberland House, London, designed in 1775 by Robert Adam for the 1st Duke and Duchess of Northumberland.

Day Two: Glass and the 18th-Century Atlantic World

October 9, 2021 (10 am–4 pm EDT)

The day will open with a live introductory paper. A series of pre-recorded papers, made available a week before the event, will inform three live panel discussions relating to the many contexts, meanings, functions, and innovations of glass within cultures and communities throughout the Atlantic World during the long 18th century (about 1680-1820). The day will end with a state-of-the-field discussion considering the achievements of and possibilities for glass scholarship and 18th-century studies.

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