59th Annual Seminar on Glass

Oval mirror set in a elaborate golden wood frame
October 8 – 9, 2021

The Museum’s 59th Annual Seminar on Glass is presented in conjunction with the special exhibition In Sparkling Company: Glass and Social Life in Britain during the 1700s, on view May 22, 2021–January 3, 2022.

For the first time, the Annual Seminar on Glass will take place virtually, on Friday, October 8, and Saturday, October 9, 2021. The free, two-day online seminar includes lectures and panel discussions, with pre- and -post- seminar digital materials.

Day One: Staging the 18th Century

Day One will feature Dr. Christopher Maxwell, curator of early modern glass at The Corning Museum of Glass, introducing 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. 

Day Two: Glass and the 18th-Century Atlantic World

Day Two will feature an introductory paper on the "golden age" of British glass, about 1650-1775, plus, a series of prerecorded papers, made available a week before the event, will inform four live panel discussions.