Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Museum

Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Museum

Huth, Boeing, Salmon, Haws & Chan Galleries
October 21, 2018 – January 13, 2019

A celebration of beauty, Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection features more than 60 objects, spanning over 30 years of Tiffany’s prolific career. One of America’s most renowned artists, Louis Comfort Tiffany worked in nearly all the media available to artists and designers in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries—glass, ceramic, metalwork, jewelry, and painting. Tiffany’s technical brilliance in a wide variety of media enabled him to convey his awe of the natural world through a range of objects, from common household items to one-of-a-kind masterpieces. He earned international acclaim for his artistic output, receiving prestigious awards in exhibitions across Europe and the United States. His work was enthusiastically collected by art museums and private collectors throughout his lifetime, and continues to be highly sought after today. This exhibition, focusing on Tiffany’s magnificent stained-glass windows, floral vases, lamps, and accessories, revels in the artistry and craftsmanship of the Tiffany artworks from Chicago’s distinguished Richard H. Driehaus Collection, highlighting masterworks never before presented in a comprehensive exhibition.

The Richard H. Driehaus Collection is one of the country’s most important private collections of works by American decorative designer Louis Comfort Tiffany. Widely recognized as the gold standard for American decorative objects of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, works by Tiffany and his associated firms are a core collecting area for Richard H. Driehaus.  Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection was organized by
the Richard H. Driehaus Museum and is toured by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC.

Exhibition Events:

Member’s Lecture & Preview Party

Tuesday, Oct 23, 2018 | 6:00 p.m. in the Great Hall
Hosted by the Huntsville Museum of Art Development Department
Lecture by Lindsy R. Parrott
Reception following in the Richard and Roper Room

Tickets available on September 2nd
Members tickets: $50 | Non-member tickets: $75
RSVP by October 18 online at hsvmuseum.org

Lindsy R. Parrott, Director and Curator at the Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass at the Queens Museum in New York, will explore the history of Tiffany’s art glass and lamps, showing how Tiffany’s process and innovations impacted the world of decorative art.

Her exhibitions at The Neustadt include: A Passion for Tiffany Lamps, Shade Garden: Floral Lamps from the Tiffany Studios, and Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light. In addition, she co-curated Louis C. Tiffany and the Art of Devotion, organized by the Museum of Biblical Art in New York City, and served as a co-author of the accompanying catalog.

Parrott previously held positions at The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art in Winter Park and the Norton Museum of Art in Palm Beach, both in Florida. She is an adjunct faculty member in the Smithsonian–George Mason University Master’s Program in the History of Decorative Arts in Washington, D.C. She has written and lectured extensively on various aspects of Tiffany’s career. Working with Kelly Conway, the Corning Museum’s curator of American Glass, Parrott co-curated the special exhibition Tiffany’s Glass Mosaics and is co-editor and a contributor to the accompanying publication.

Parrott holds a B.A. in Art History from the University of Central Florida and a M.A. in the History of Decorative Arts from Parsons School of Design/Smithsonian Institution, where she focused on late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century ceramics and glass with a specialization in the work of Louis Comfort Tiffany.

Artist’s Demonstration

Thursday, November 15 | 5:30-7:00 p.m. in the Galleries
Robert Perrella, Stained Glass Artist

Free to Museum members/included in general admission

Robert Perrella will demonstrate the techniques used to create a stained glass lampshade. Following the demonstration, he will discuss the different techniques used to produce the lamps on view in the Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Museum exhibition. Perrella has been creating stained glass pieces for commercial and residential spaces for 40 years. Perrella has a studio at Lowe Mill Arts and Entertainment Center.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Thank you to our Sponsors!

National Endowment for the Arts
Sally and Robert Arthur
The Driehaus Foundation
Ina and Garrett Smith
Dr. Ruth and Allen Yates
Alabama Humanities Foundation
(The state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, co-sponsors this project)

Exhibition Endowment generously supported by Patsy and Frank Haws, Doris and Stanley Minkinow, and Pat Kyser.

Media Sponsor:

Alabama Media Group

Additional Support:

Gerry and Virgil Schaffer