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"Glass Behind The Iron Curtain: Czech Design, 1948 - 1978"
2001-10-17 until 2002-01-06
Corning Incorporated Gallery at Steuben
New York, , USA United States of America

The Corning Gallery, located in the Steuben flagship store in New York City, will present Glass Behind the Iron Curtain: Czech Design, 1948-1978. This powerful exhibition, which celebrates art's role in providing a cry for freedom, is drawn from the permanent collection at The Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York.

The exhibit explores glass design in Czechoslovakia during a time marked by limited artistic freedom. Glass in Czechoslovakia has had a particularly interesting history throughout the 20th century, when it had been closely tied with artistic movements in painting and sculpture. In the 1950s, when painters, sculptors, and writers ran the risk of persecution for any design in abstract art, glassmaking became an outlet for artistic freedom because it was overlooked due to its functionality. This underground period during the Stalin era bore some of the most innovative designs in Czechoslovakian art. The study of Soviet Czech glass also provides an opportunity for research into the many-faceted roles of abstract art in the 20th century.

The objects in the exhibition are drawn from the permanent collection of The Corning Museum of Glass. Featured artists include Stanislav Libensk_ and Jaroslava Brychtová, Jií Harcuba, Vladimír Kopeck_, René Roubíek, and Franti_ek Vízner, as well as Bohumil Eliá_, Pavel Hlava, Vladimír Jelinek, Vra Li_ková, Adolf Matura, Ladislav Oliva, Václav Plátek, Milu_e Roubíková, and Ludvika Smrková. Important drawings and watercolors of the period, some of which served as original sketches for the glass art, will be displayed with the glass.

The works featured in this exhibition serve as a testament to the artistic spirit of not only the artists whose work we are exhibiting, but of artists all over the world, said Patricia Marti, gallery manager of The Corning Gallery at Steuben. The Corning Gallery is committed to the arts and we are thankful that we can share these works with the general public.

The Corning Gallery, a 2,500-square-foot venue for temporary art exhibits, is located on the lower level of the new Steuben store, and like the store, was designed by Ralph Applebaum Associates. The Gallery, conveniently located in the heart of Manhattan at 667 Madison Avenue at 61st Street, is free and open to the public as follows: Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sundays, 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m.

Home to the world’s most comprehensive collection of glass, The Corning Museum of Glass, celebrating its 50th year, presents one special exhibition per year at The Corning Gallery. The Museum is an independent, non-profit, educational institution, dedicated to art, history, research and exhibition of glass.

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