[PA-NJ Glassblowers] Susie Silbert Appointed Curator of Modern and Contemporary Glass of Corning Museum of Glass

Tony Patti gaffer at glassblower.info
Thu Feb 18 21:20:00 EST 2016

Forwarding Press Release from Kim Thompson,

and remember: the Glass Art Society is in Corning NY this year, June 9-11,

http://www.glassart.org/_Corning_NY.html or


Tony Patti


From: Thompson, Kimberly A [mailto:ThompsonKA at cmog.org] 
Sent: Thursday, February 18, 2016 1:34 PM
Subject: Susie Silbert Appointed Curator of Modern and Contemporary Glass of
Corning Museum of Glass


Susie Silbert Appointed Curator of Modern and Contemporary Glass of Corning
Museum of Glass


CORNING, N.Y.-The Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG) today announced the
appointment of Susie J. Silbert as curator of modern and contemporary glass.
An independent curator, writer, and historian, Silbert has developed an
encyclopedic knowledge of glass, and strong connections to people in the
field. In her new role, Silbert will be responsible for the acquisition,
exhibition, cataloguing, and research of the Museum's modern and
contemporary collection, a period ranging from 1900 to the present day. She
will also oversee the programming of the 26,000-square-foot Contemporary Art
+ Design Galleries <https://www.cmog.org/contemporary> , part of a
100,000-square-foot addition which opened in March 2015. Silbert will join
the Museum on April 18.


Silbert fills the position following the retirement of Tina Oldknow, who was
curator from 2000-2015.The modern and contemporary glass collection contains
close to 18,000 objects, and expands annually through gifts and


"I am looking forward to welcoming Susie to fill this important curatorial
position," said Karol Wight, president and executive director of The Corning
Museum of Glass. "The opening of the Contemporary Wing has brought in new
audiences who have come to appreciate contemporary art in glass. Susie has
the perfect background to step into this position since she has artistic
training as well as a strong approach to contemporary art, theory, and
criticism combined with a deep knowledge of glass from all periods."


With a background in craft, design, and glassmaking, Silbert has a passion
for interpreting the built world. In her current role as an independent
curator, Silbert has partnered with institutions and arts organizations
including Parsons The New School for Design, UrbanGlass, Houston Center for
Contemporary Craft, and the Center for Art in Wood, amongst others. She has
worked on numerous exhibitions featuring diverse media, and has contributed
to exhibition catalogues for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the
Chrysler Museum. Silbert has also worked with galleries and artists, most
notably holding the position of curator and collaborator at the studio of
glass innovator, Mark Peiser. She currently teaches history of glass at
Rhode Island School of Design, and is a board member of the Furniture
Society. She was also named a finalist for the inaugural American Craft
Council Emerging Voices Award (2014) and an Emerging Leader of New York Arts


"I am thrilled to be joining The Corning Museum of Glass," said Silbert. "As
a curator and scholar who has invested a significant amount of time thinking
through this material and its scientific, artistic, and cultural
contributions, there is no better place to continue my work. With its
excellent collections, passionate staff, and outstanding facilities for
making and viewing glass, CMoG is exactly the kind of dynamic institution I
want to be a part of. 


"I am particularly excited about the opportunities that the new Contemporary
Art + Design Wing offers to meaningfully combine narratives of process and
display," Silbert continued, referencing the Wing's new 500-seat
Amphitheater Hot Shop, the world's largest space in which to watch a
glassmaking demonstration. "I started my career as a glassworker myself,
blowing, casting, and lampworking, and I strongly believe that visceral
knowledge of the material is a critical component to understanding and
interpreting objects made from glass." 


Silbert holds a master's degree in Decorative Arts, Design History, and
Material Culture from Bard Graduate Center, and a BFA, concentrating in
glass, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has held a curatorial
fellowship at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, worked on projects
for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the New-York Historical Society,
and interned at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the American Craft
Council Library. Her recent exhibitions include #F*nked!, exploring the
relationship between digital interfaces and handmade objects, at the Kansas
City Art Institute; Concept:Process at Parsons The New School for Design;
and Material Location at UrbanGlass in Brooklyn.  


Silbert joins the Museum just after the one-year anniversary of the opening
of the Contemporary Art + Design Wing, and just prior to the 45th annual
Glass Art Society <http://www.glassart.org/_Corning_NY.html>  (GAS)
conference, which will be held in Corning, June 9-11. This year's
conference, entitled Creating Context: Glass in a New Light, will bring
together thousands of contemporary artists working in glass, as well as
collectors, manufacturers, scientists, experts, and students. 

"I am thrilled to be in Corning to host thousands of my closest friends and
colleagues during the GAS conference," said Silbert. "These are fellow
contemporary glass artists, collectors, and admirers. It will be exciting to
welcome the glass world to Corning so soon after I make it my new home."



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The Corning Museum of Glass is home to the world's most important collection
of glass, including the finest examples of glassmaking spanning 3,500 years.
Live glassblowing demonstrations (offered at the Museum, on the road, and at
sea on Celebrity Cruises) bring the material to life. Daily Make Your Own
Glass experiences at the Museum enable visitors to create work in a
state-of-the-art glassmaking studio. The campus in Corning includes a
year-round glassmaking school, The Studio, and the Rakow Research Library,
the world's preeminent collection of materials on the art and history of
glass. Located in the heart of the Finger Lakes Wine Country of New York
State, the Museum is open daily, year-round. Kids and teens, 17 and under,
receive free admission.  <http://www.cmog.org/> www.cmog.org.


In March 2015, the Museum opened the 100,000-square-foot
<http://www.cmog.org/contemporary> Contemporary Art + Design Wing, designed
by Thomas Phifer. The new wing includes a new 26,000-square-foot
contemporary art gallery building, as well as one of the world's largest
facilities for glassblowing demonstrations and live glass design sessions.


Kim Thompson

Public Relations Specialist

The Corning Museum of Glass

607.438.5219 | m 607.333.0429 | CMOG.org <http://www.cmog.org/> 


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