Tiffany Glass: “A Riot of Color”
Muscarelle Museum of Art
College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
April 18 – July 12, 2009
Tiffany Glass: “A Riot of Color” showcases highlights from the career of Louis Comfort Tiffany, whose extraordinary interior designs made him the first word in taste and sophistication in Gilded Age stained glass windows, glass-tiled fireplaces and blown-glass light fixtures were mainstays of Tiffany interiors. The exhibition will include an array of brilliant, jewel-like glass lamps, glass tiles, blown glass, and a stained glass window that together will illustrate the styles, themes and techniques with which the Tiffany studios experimented during the height of the Art Nouveau period.
In 1913, Louis Comfort Tiffany threw an Egyptian-themed party at his Madison Avenue studio. A New York Times journalist described the event as a feast, “held in a riot of color.” Although this description refers to the elaborate costumes and entertainment, it is just as applicable to Tiffany’s glass – a feast for the eyes.
This exhibition is part of a regional effort to promote glass as an art form through participation in the Art of Glass program, which is organized by the Chrysler Museum and the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia in conjunction with the Virginia Arts Festival. While most of the participating institutions will display contemporary glass, the Muscarelle Museum will be the sole venue devoted entirely to the stunning Art Nouveau glass of Tiffany from the period around 1900.