Join Kylie Holloway and Zak Martellucci for an insider experience of the museums you miss the most. On each show, we’ll celebrate an incredible museum and the people who work to make it great. We’ll explore the strange, sublime, and secret stories behind the work on display and we’ll close out the show with an exclusive conversation with a guest expert about the collection and how the museum world is coping with this uncertain time.
On this edition, we'll be exploring the Corning Museum of Glass and talking with their Education and Interpretation Supervisor, Troy Smythe!
Established in 1951 by Corning Glass Works (now Corning Incorporated) as a gift to the nation for the company’s 100th anniversary, The Corning Museum of Glass is a not-for-profit museum dedicated to exploring a single material: glass. Annually welcoming just under half a million visitors from around the world, the Museum's campus is home to the world’s most comprehensive collection of glass, the world’s foremost library on glass, and one of the top glassworking schools in the world.
Troy Smythe leads interpretation teams, teaches, and writes for visitors about glass at The Corning Museum of Glass. Before moving to Corning, Smythe spent 20 years dedicated to learning in museums directing outreach, teacher, and docent programs for the Dallas Museum of Art and the Indianapolis Museum of Art. He also worked as an independent consultant. Learning about the human brain taught Smythe the importance of memory and emotion during museum visits. When positive feelings accompany an event, people often form strong and treasured memories about it. Smythe’s goal at The Corning Museum is to help visitors create those kinds of experiences for themselves. Smythe has a BA in administrative management from the University of Arkansas and an MA in art history from Vanderbilt University.
Zak Martellucci is a storyteller, science communicator and huge nerd who has worked in the museum space for the last 7+ years. He is also a host of VERSUS, a monthly interactive debate show at Caveat in NYC. Find him on Twitter @ZakMartellucci and Instagram @zzzzzzak!
Kylie Holloway is a performer and live events producer who uses comedy to celebrate the forgotten women of history and artists you should know about. You can catch her as the host of Nevertheless She Existed: a comedy podcast unearthing groundbreaking women of yore, or as a tour guide at museums across the country. Find her on Twitter and Instagram @KylieHolloway_!
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Tue, Nov 24, 20207:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.$15