Images courtesy of: The Venice Glass Week
Moderator: Thomas Marks, Editor and publisher of Apollo
Caroline McCaffrey-Howarth, Curator, 17th and 18th Century Ceramics and Glass, V&A Museum
Karol Wight, President and Executive Director, The Corning Museum of Glass
Rainald Franz, Curator Glass and Ceramics Collection, Cross-Collection Coordination and EU-Projects, Provenance Research and Restitution, MAK-Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna. Austria
This event will explore the possibilities and particularities of collecting and displaying glass in museums, be they dedicated glass museums, institutions dedicated to the decorative arts, or encyclopaedic collections. The conversation will explore differing modes of display and interpretation, and how far the complex processes of making objects in glass can be communicated when they appear – behind glass, of course – in museums. We’ll consider what it means to display glass alongside works in other materials and look at its role in conveying social as well as artistic histories – as well as asking what the priorities are for museums collecting glass today.
Thomas Marks is the editor and publisher of Apollo. Founded in 1925, Apollo is one of the world’s most prestigious art magazines – renowned for outstanding and authoritative writing about art, whatever the field or focus, and for its exclusive access to leading artists, collectors, and cultural leaders. Since becoming editor in 2013, Thomas has relaunched the Apollo website (www.apollo-magazine.com) as a forum for daily art news, comment and reviews, and established the forward-looking Apollo Under 40, a publication celebrating talented young people in the art world. He regularly interviews artists for the magazine, and has written many essays about museums and their collections. Thomas is also a trustee of Art UK (artuk.org), the cultural education charity that exists to open up the UK’s public art collections to global audiences through digitisation and storytelling.
Caroline McCaffrey-Howarth is an art historian who specialises in European decorative arts, material culture and the histories of collecting. Originally from rural Ireland, Caroline grew up close to the Belleek porcelain factory, where she discovered her love of ceramics. She is especially passionate about making art history and the decorative arts accessible to all. After gaining her PhD in Art History, which focused on the history of collecting Sèvres porcelain after the French Revolution, Caroline has lectured widely for various universities, including: University of Leeds, the Royal College of Art, and the University of Buckingham, where she ran their French Decorative Art MA in partnership with The Wallace Collection. She is now the 17th & 18th Century Curator of Ceramics & Glass at the V&A Museum and Lecturer in the History of Design Masters with the V&A Museum and Royal College of Art.
Karol Wight is President and Executive Director of The Corning Museum of Glass. She became executive director at The Corning Museum of Glass in August 2011 and served as curator of ancient and Islamic glass from August 2011 through July 2017. In January of 2015, she was promoted to the position of President and Executive Director of the Museum and is now responsible for oversight of all Museum activities. She is a specialist in ancient glass, she has curated or co-curated numerous exhibitions on ancient art and glass, as well as the author of numerous articles and other publications on this topic. In January 2017, Wight was appointed to a U.S. State Department advisory post on the Cultural Property Advisory Committee (CPAC) by former President Barack Obama. Wight is one of two committee members who represent the interests of museums on CPAC. Wight received her doctorate in art history from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is a member of the Association of Art Museum Directors and holds a place on AAMD’s Art and Archaeology Task Force. She is also a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Alliance of Museums and the International Association for the History of Glass.
Art Historian, Rainald Franz studies in Vienna, Munich, Rome, London, Venice. Since 1992 working with the MAK-Austrian Museum of Applied Arts / Contemporary Art. 1996-2011 Deputy Head Library and Works on Paper Collection, since 2000 Provenance Research officer, since October 2011 Head of the Glass and Ceramics Collection and in charge of EU-Projects. Curator of the Josef Hoffmann Museum, Brtnice/Pirnitz, Czechia. Various Exhibitions, e.g. “The Glass of the Architects. Vienna 1900-1937”, “300 Years of the Vienna Porcelain Manufacture”, cocurator „handiCRAFT.Traditional Skills in the Digital Age“ (with Tina Zickler) and publications, symposia e.g. “Gottfried Semper and Vienna”, Vienna 2005 and “Leben mit Loos (Living with Loos)”, “300 Years of the Vienna Porcelain Manufacture”. upcoming: “Adolf Loos. Private Houses”, “Josef Hoffmann. Progress by Beauty”. Assistant professor at the Vienna University and the University of Applied Arts, Vienna: History of Ornament. 2007-2013 Chair ICDAD-International Committee of Decorative Arts and Design, 2011-2013 Head of the Austrian Art Historians Association. Since 2019-ongoing: Craft Ambassador, Vienna for Michelangelo Foundation and Homo Faber Guide. Major topics of Research: History of Architecture, History of Ornament, Decorative Arts and early Design.
Images courtesy of: The Venice Glass Week
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June 18, 2021 7:22 am local time
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