High Style: A Short History of the Glass Marijuana Pipe

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Taught by Susie Silbert

Susie J. Silbert was appointed Curator of Modern and Contemporary Glass at The Corning Museum of Glass in 2016. Prior to joining the museum, she was an independent curator as well as a lecturer on the History of Glass at the Rhode Island School of Design. Her recent exhibitions include #F*nked!, exploring the relationship between digital interfaces and handmade objects, Concept:Process, at Parsons The New School for Design, Material Location at UrbanGlass, and SPRAWL, an interdisciplinary exhibition interpreting urban development at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Her writing has appeared in exhibition catalogs for the Chrysler Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, and UrbanGlass as well as American Art Collector, GLASS Quarterly, Metalsmith, the American Craft Council website and the forthcoming book CAST, on casting in all media, edited by Jen Townshend and Renee Zettle-Stirling. She holds an MA in Decorative Arts, Design History, and Material Culture from the Bard Graduate Center.

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Since 1995 when Bob Snodgrass introduced “fuming,” glass pipes have become the standard apparatus for marijuana smoking. Once an illicit undergound art, glass pipes and pipemakers today have achieved amazing cultural saturation. Pipes have been featured in museum and gallery shows and in major art fairs. Elite pipemakers are flown around the world to give appearances. And all this to say nothing of the technical advances pipemakers have brought to glassmaking.

This lecture-style class will give you insight into this controversial and understudied area of cultural production. We’ll discuss an introduction to the field, its history, aesthetics, and connections to broader cultural trends.

(class size: 30-40, lecture)

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