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Tiffany by Design

Traveling exhibition, 2004-2008

TiffanybyDesign 7 458x255Tiffany by Design is an exhibition of lamps and related materials made by Tiffany Studios from the permanent collection of The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass, Long Island City, NY. Curated by Nina Gray for the Neustadt Collection, the show explores the construction and design of Tiffany lamps made between 1900 and 1918.

Louis C. Tiffany opened his furnaces in Corona, Queens in 1892 to make his own opalescent glass which he marketed under the trademarked name “Favrile.” He capitalized on the increasing availability of electricity in the development of artificially illuminated glass lampshades. The opalescent character of the glass diffused the light, and the method of constructing the shades was derived from techniques used in making leaded-glass windows.

Tiffany Studios produced thousands of lamps in hundreds of designs, although many of the designs were closely related. Examining the ways in which the forms, patterns and motifs were changed and adapted from object to object illuminates the design vocabulary of Tiffany Studios. The wide range of possibilities becomes evident with a comparison of a single design in different color schemes or a single motif in different shapes and sizes.

Venues:

Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN
May 9 – August 24, 2008

Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA
October 7, 2007 – January 6, 2008

Riverside Metropolitan Museum, Riverside, CA
April 5 – July 8, 2007

Pensacola Museum of Art, Pensacola, FL
October 20, 2006 – January 13, 2007

The Long Island Museum of American Art, History and Carriages, Stony Brook, NY
February 11 – June 11, 2006

Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, KS
September 25, 2005 – January 8, 2006

Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, NY
January 29 – May 15, 2005

The Suzanne H. Arnold Art Gallery, Lebanon Valley College, Annville, PA
August 27 – October 10, 2004

Queens Museum of Art, Queens, NY
March 2003-June 2004

 

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