Curator of European Glass
|Location:||New York, United States|
The Corning Museum of Glass, located in the Southern Tier of New York State in the US, is a 225,000 square foot complex dedicated to the art, science, crafting and scholarship of glass. It is the repository for the world’s largest collection of glass, 45,000 objects representing an encyclopedic 3,500-year history of the art and science of glass. The 167,000 square foot museum is one of the three buildings in the Corning Museum complex, which also includes the Rakow Research Library and The Studio.
From its modest beginnings in 1951, CMoG has grown exponentially. Additions in 1980 and in 1996, which included a complete renovation of glass collection galleries, have added 70,000 square feet for the permanent galleries and for special exhibitions.
New construction begun in 2012 with a scheduled completion date of 2014 will re‑imagine the site of the former Steuben Glass building and address the need for more space to showcase the growing collection of contemporary glass and increase the capabilities of glassblowing demonstrations.
The Corning collection encompasses glassmaking from antiquity to the present day, representing every country and historical period in which glassmaking was practiced. The European Collection on exhibit is divided into four special areas: Early Northern European Glass; The Rise of Venetian Glassmaking; Glass in 17thto 19thCentury Europe; and 19thCentury European Glass. A comprehensive collection of paperweights adds a unique dimension to the European collection.
The Jerome and Lucille Strauss Study Gallery is the gift of Museum benefactors who donated a collection of 2400 drinking glasses dating from ancient to modern times. The gallery serves as an open storage area, designed so that students and collectors can examine a wide range of objects from all periods arranged by subject areas and place of origin.
The Museum mounts up to five special exhibits annually. The 2012-2013 schedule includes several exhibitions in an on-going series exploring the major artists of the Studio Glass movement in both Europe and the United States. Masters of Studio Glass: Erwin Eisch and Founders of American Studio Glass: Harvey K. Littleton will run simultaneously through 2013. Recent exhibitions of European glass include East Meets West: Cross Cultural Influences in Glassmaking in the 18thand 19thCentury and Medieval Glass for Popes, Princes and Peasants.
With such vast holdings, CMoG receives a great number of loan requests. In 2010 and 2011, 127 objects were loaned for exhibitions in the United States as well as in Canberra and Sydney (Australia), Taichung (Taiwan) and Tokyo. The Museum’s famous Conservation Department oversees the condition and preservation of every glass object in the collection or loaned for exhibit. It is a state-of-the-art facility with equipment created specifically for the examination and treatment of glass objects. The lab is regularly called upon for particularly difficult conservation problems of objects owned by other institutions.
The collection continues to expand through gifts and acquisitions. 253 European glass objects were added to the collection in 2010 and in 2011. The Ennion Society, the Museum’s patron group, provides funds for acquisitions. The Society members and other donors have also been a generous source of gifts to the collection. Among the treasures added to the European collection in 2011 is a Porphyry vase made in Germany in 1810, designed by Friedrich David Gilly and Karl Friedrich Schinkel.
The Rakow Research Library, since 2001 a free-standing building, is considered the world’s library of record on glass and contains the finest collection of research materials related to the art, history and technology of glass. Designed to state-of-the-art standards, the library holds hundreds of thousands of research items in more than 40 languages, ranging from a 12thCentury manuscript to the latest articles and books on contemporary glass artists. The library regularly presents exhibitions of its holdings curated by library and curatorial staff.
The extraordinary resources of the library provide a foundation for scholarly and technical articles produced by the curatorial, collections and conservation staffs just as collections and exhibitions provide a unique teaching opportunity for the Education Department, which creates a wide variety of programs year-round for children and adults. These resources are also available to visitors on site as well as those who visit the Museum on line.
The Corning Museum of Glass operates with a budget of $40 million and has a full-time staff of 140.
The acquisition budget provides ample funds annually for significant additions to the collections and an array of important publications for the library.
- Reporting/Working Relationships
The Curator of European Glass reports to the Director and is a member of the Director’s senior staff. S/he works closely with the curatorial, collections, conservation and education department staffs including the Curators of American Glass, Modern Glass and Glass Science; the Chief Conservator; the Collections and Exhibition Manager; and the Director of Education and The Studio.
The Curator of European Glass is responsible for the acquisition, exhibition, cataloging and research of CMoG’s European glass collection.
The Curator of European Glass’s primary responsibilities are to provide leadership and vision for the Department’s continued curatorial excellence, oversee acquisitions in their area, represent the Museum at national and international professional meetings and take an active role in grant development.
The Curator of European Glass will begin immediately to familiarize her/himself with the European Glass collection and to develop ideas for future exhibitions. S/he will also establish rapport with the curatorial staff and become familiar with the entire Museum and staff.
- Ongoing Responsibilities
- Overseeing the exhibition areas in the galleries pertaining to European glass, including displays and copy for labels
- Developing and implementing special exhibitions of European glass
Recommending acquisitions of glass and glass-related material such as books, periodicals and photographs of European glass
Consulting with private collectors for loans or gifts to the Museum
Cataloging the collection of European glass
Assisting in periodic surveys or inventories of the collection
Lecturing at the annual Seminar as it relates to European glass and to other museum groups, as appropriate
Responding to all inquiries about European glass
Pursuing original research in the field, writing catalogs, articles and other materials for CMoG and other publications
Making recommendations regarding loans to and from the Corning Museum of Glass and working with the Registrarial and Conservation Departments to ensure the appropriateness, safety and condition of all loans.
- Qualifications and Characteristics
The successful candidate will have at least 5 years of curatorial and collections experience in progressively senior positions at an art museum with a significant collection and strong curatorial program in European art. S/he must have a Master’s degree in art history or a related field (PhD preferred) and a publications record is desirable. In addition s/he will have:
In-depth knowledge of medieval art or European decorative arts required; glass knowledge desired
Outstanding verbal and written communication skills; ability to speak to groups of all sizes
Ability to represent the Museum in a professional manner
Excellent research skills
Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team
Excellent interpersonal skills
Ability to cultivate important collectors and tactfully solicit gifts for the collection
Reading knowledge of at least two European languages
Ability to plan strategically and long-range for the exhibition schedule
A passion for art and the curatorial process
An appreciation of the interrelatedness of art and education
The personality to enjoy social and community interaction
- High energy, strong motivation and a hands-on work ethic
Corning is a small historic and artistic city in Steuben County, in the geographic region of New York State known as the Southern Tier. Most famous for its glassmaking past and present, the town of Corning welcomes more than half a million people every year from all over the world. Visitors to Corning enjoy its rich culture and history, and the beauty of its surroundings in the Finger Lakes wine‑making region.
The historic Gaffer District is Corning’s restored downtown, where the annual GlassFest as well as music festivals, parades and a regular farmers market take place. Rockwell Museum of Western Art and Corning Incorporated’s headquarters are located in the Gaffer District as is the Corning Museum of Glass.
Corning’s population is 10,200. The largest nearby cities are Rochester and Syracuse, both about 75 miles away, with populations of 200,000 and 130,000 respectively. Both cities are important academic centers and have thriving cultural institutions. Cornell University and Ithaca College are located in Ithaca, New York, 45 miles from Corning. The Clemens Center at nearby Elmira College hosts touring Broadway shows and other major entertainment. Elmira is also home to the Arnot Art Museum.
The Corning-Painted Post public school system is known for its excellence. Corning-Painted Post East High School was named to Newsweek’s list of “America’s Best Public High Schools” in 2008. Corning’s per-student public school expenditure is 30% higher than the national average and its student-to-teacher ratio is 14-to-1. There are several parochial schools in and near Corning and the Alternative School for Math and Science, a high-performing small private middle school, is in Corning.
Corning’s cost of living is 22% lower than the national average and is also significantly lower than New York State’s average.
Corning is served by the Elmira/Corning regional airport, 20 minutes away, with daily Delta non-stop service to Detroit and daily USAir non-stop service to Philadelphia. Delta will offer daily non-stop service between Elmira/Corning and JFK international airport in NYC in the coming months. Larger airports are in Rochester and Syracuse.
There is one hospital in Corning and several more are in the region.
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