Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection
Huth, Boeing, Salmon & Haws Galleries
October 21, 2018 – January 13, 2019
Tiffany Studios, Group of lamps (birds-eye- detail). Photograph by John Faier. © 2018 Driehaus Museum.
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.
Member’s Lecture & Preview Party
Tuesday, Oct 23, 2018
Lecture & Book Signing by Lindsy R. Parrott: 6 pm in the Great Hall
Reception with Wine Bar and Catering by Chef Narvell: 7-8:30 pm in the Richard & Roper Room
Live music provided by pianist, Curtis Lindsay, of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra
Hosted by the Huntsville Museum of Art Development Department
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, and adjunct faculty member at The George Washington University with the M.A. Program in Decorative Arts and Design History (offered jointly with the Smithsonian Associates) 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; as well as, 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.
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 Collection 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.