Online Symposium | Corning Museum’s 59th Annual Seminar on Glass

Posted in conferences (to attend), online learning by Editor on September 19, 2021

From the Corning Museum of Glass:

59th Annual Seminar on Glass
Online, Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, New York, 8–9 October 2021

The Corning Museum’s 59th Annual Seminar on Glass will be presented virtually, in conjunction with the special exhibition In Sparkling Company: Glass and the Costs of Social Life in Britain during the 1700s. For the first time, the Annual Seminar on Glass will take place online, on Friday, 8 October, and Saturday, 9 October 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. We hope that this edition of the seminar will be of interest to Corning Museum of Glass members, students, museum and academic professionals, dealers, collectors, artists, glass enthusiasts, and anyone curious to learn more about glass in the 18th century. We look forward to welcoming speakers and attendees from around the world.

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Staging the 18th Century for 21st-Century Museum Audiences

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.

10.00  Welcome

10.10  Video tour of the exhibition In Sparkling Company: Glass and the Costs of Social Life in Britain during the 1700s

10:45  Panel One: In Sparkling Company and Interpretation
Moderator: Mieke Fay (Manager, Education and Interpretation, CMoG)
• Christopher ‘Kit’ Maxwell (Curator of Early Modern Glass, CMoG)
• Kris Wetterlund (former Director of Education and Interpretation, CMoG)
• Cheyney McKnight (Founder and Director of Not Your Momma’s History)

11.45  Break, with hot glass demonstration

12.15  Introduction to the Glass Drawing Room at Northumberland House
• Kit Maxwell (Curator of Early Modern Glass, CMoG)

12.30  Panel Two: In Sparkling Company and Digital Technology
Moderator: Scott Sayre (Chief Information Officer, CMoG)
• Niall Ó hOisín (Noho, Dublin)
• John Buckley (Noho, (Dublin)
• Maria Roussou (Assistant Professor in Interactive Systems, Department of Informatics & Telecommunications, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens)
• Tom Hambleton (Undertone Music, Minnesota)
• Mandy Kritzeck (Digital Media Producer and Project Manager, CMoG)

1.30  Panel Three: In Sparkling Company and Design
Moderator: Carole Ann Fabian (Director of Collections, CMoG)
• Selldorf Architects (New York)
• Warren Bunn (Collections Manager, CMoG)
• Kit Maxwell (Curator of Early Modern Glass, CMoG)

2.30  Q&A

S A T U R  D A Y ,  9  O C T O B E R  2 0 2 1

Glass and the 18th-Century Atlantic World

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.

10.00  Welcome

10.15  Introduction
• Kit Maxwell (Curator of Early Modern Glass, CMoG), Glass in the 18th-Century Atlantic World

10:45  Panel One: De-centering Glass Production in the Atlantic World
Moderator: Elliot Blair (Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Curator of Southeastern Archaeology, University of Alabama)
• Karime Castillo Cárdenas (Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Bowdoin College), An 18th-Century Glass Workshop in Mexico City: Economic and Social Aspects of Colonial Glassmaking
• Liesbeth Langouche (PhD candidate, University of Antwerp), Clear Window Glass in the Age of Enlightenment
• Melania Ruiz Sanz de Bremond (PhD candidate, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), Transfer and Reception of Reverse Painting on Glass in Spain and Latin America through Three Case Studies

11.45  Panel Two: Mobility, Identity, and Empire
Moderator: Kerry Sinanan (Assistant Professor in 18th- and 19th-Century Transatlantic Literature, University of Texas at San Antonio)
• Anna Laméris (Frides Laméris Art and Antiques, Netherlands), A History of Colonial Exploitation as Featured on Dutch Ceremonial Goblets
• Hannah Young (Lecturer in 19th-Century British History, University of Southampton), Glass and the Atlantic World: Ralph Bernal, Collecting, and Slave-Ownership
• Philippe Halbert (PhD candidate, History of Art, Yale University), La Belle Créole: Identity, Race, and the Dressing Table in the French Atlantic World
• Alexi Baker (Division of the History of Science and Technology, Yale Peabody Museum), Empire, Science, and Spectacle: Glass Instruments on the Transatlantic Stage

12.45  Break, with a glass-making demonstration

1.15  Panel Three: Cultural Practices of Glass
Moderator: Iris Moon (Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts, Metropolitan Museum of Art)
• Suzanne Phillips (PhD student, University of Buckingham), Francis Eginton (1737–1805): A Satellite in the Orbit of the Lunar Circle
• Sammi Lukic-Scott (PhD candidate, University of York), Illuminating Images: The Role of Glass in Developing Reproductive Translucent Images in the Long 18th Century
• Ann Smart Martin (Stanley and Polly Stone Professor of American Decorative Arts and Material Culture, University of Wisconsin), Blaze-Creators: A Material Culture of Lighting and Surfaces in 18th-Century Domestic Interiors

2.15  Panel Four: Wrap-Up Discussion
Moderator: Kit Maxwell
• Elliot Blair
• Kerry Sinanan
• Iris Moon


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