The Contemporary Art + Design Wing at the Corning Museum of Glass is turning heads all throughout the art world. The architecture and design, naturally-lit artwork, and sheer magnitude of the project has caught the attention of art critics and glass enthusiasts everywhere. It’s hard to find the right perspective to describe this world-class institution because it’s impossible to explain what it’s like being able to literally walk to the world’s newest museum expansion. I’ll try to explain…
Last week at a special “2300 Degrees” event kicking off the new wing, my friends and I could only come up with the Guggenheim as a comparison to the CMOG expansion. The problem with that is it inherently feels wrong to mention such a prestigious, timeless, big city museum in the same conversation as our small-town attraction. The truth, though, is that there are similarities; not only because the magnificent, stark white walls curve around the artwork like a nest supporting a delicate egg, but also because the general atmosphere creates an experience that most museums don’t match.
Standing in the Contemporary Art + Design Wing made me feel like I was somewhere other than Corning, NY. It’s not that I don’t believe our town is capable of such a beautiful feat, it’s that the experience of being in that Wing is truly transformational.
It’s hard to say more about it because I’m neither an art critic nor an architect; I only know what it felt like standing in that building. So I gathered a few reputable articles that may provide some additional perspective:
If you haven’t already, go visit. Area residents get in for only $9 with proper ID, but regardless, it’s hard not to justify any cost to see such ethereal beauty. Suffice it to say, you won’t be disappointed.