John Stuart Gordon, Yale University Art Gallery
Pittsburgh Flint Glass Works of Bakewell, Page and Bakewell (American, 1813–27), Vase, 1824–25. Blown and cut lead glass. Yale University Art Gallery, Gift of Miss Susan Lewis Shaffer
Toots Zynsky (American, born 1951), Spring Grass II, 1983. Fused soda-lime filet de verre. Yale University Art Gallery, Janet and Simeon Braguin Fund
Frederick S. Shirley (British, 1841–1908, active in the United States 1874–97), designer, Mount Washington Glass Company (American, 1876–1907), manufacturer, Sicilian Vase, South Boston, 1878–80. Blown lead glass with fused lead glass and gilding, Yale University Art Gallery
Based on Dr. Gordon’s recently published book, American Glass: The Collections at Yale, this illustrated lecture will explore the rich history of glass in America through objects located across the university’s campus, objects that illuminate the vital and often intimate roles that glass has played in the nation’s art and culture. Glass can be decorative or utilitarian and its forms often reflect technological innovations and social change. Drawing upon a mix of high style works such as 18th-century mold-blown vessels and luminous stained-glass windows by John La Farge and Louis Comfort Tiffany, as well as equally beguiling objects like prehistoric minerals and scientific equipment, Dr. Gordon will reveal the fascinating history of glass in America as seen through the prism of Yale’s exceptional collections.