November 4, 2007


Patrick and I went to the Corning Museum of Glass yesterday (yes, that Corning) to see their exhibit on the Harvard glass flowers. The museum was a lot larger than I expected, with a decent display of ancient glass and glassworking techniques. (I'm sure the Renaissance and modern glass was impressive too, but there are only so many chalices you can see before getting bored.) Some highlights of the museum included trick drinking glasses like the basilisk and windmill (if you didn't finish your beverage by the time the windmill stopped, you had to drink an additional number as indicated on the cup); stained glass by Louis Comfort Tiffany and Frank Lloyd Wright; and glass eyes, also by the Harvard flowers guys. But my favorite piece in the museum was this chess set. It's the Catholics versus the Jews, with each piece equivalent in religious rank to the chess rank. The artist, Gianni Toso, is Jewish (I assume, since loads of his work involves Jewish art), so the chasidim are much more detailed than the Catholics. The best part? The mohel. Not only does he have a tiny little knife in one hand, he has a boy child in the other. A boy child with fully detailed anatomy, including a little spot of blood. Hilarious.


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