Huntsville, Ala. – Few artists have lasting impressions strong enough that by just the mention of their names, people of all ages immediately have memories of their artworks. Louis Comfort Tiffany was one of those artists. The Huntsville Museum of Art (HMA) is proud to showcase another world renowned exhibition over the holiday season – Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection. Presented by IBERIABANK and Iron Mountain Solutions, the exhibition will be on view through January 13, 2019.
“The Richard H. Driehaus Collection is widely known as one of the most important private collections of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany,” remarked HMA Director of Curatorial Affairs Peter Baldaia. “Tiffany created among the highest quality American decorative objects of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and to have these pieces on view at the Museum, especially over the holidays, is a rare opportunity and we hope our community members are able to view the stunning artworks while they are on display.”
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. It is a collection of more than 60 objects, spanning over 30 years of Tiffany’s prolific career and focuses on his magnificent stained-glass windows, floral vases, lamps and accessories.
Among the highlights in the exhibition will be the gorgeous illusionistic leaded glass window of a sunset entitled River of Life, a magnificent suite of evocative flower-form vases, a masterpiece table lamp with dogwood shade and fern base and a shimmering gilt-bronze jewelry box.
Bringing Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection to HMA and to the entire Tennessee Valley region would not have been possible without the generous support of sponsors.
“We are extremely honored to be a co-lead sponsor of the Tiffany exhibition,” commented Ginger Harper of IBERIABANK. “We have enjoyed an incredible partnership with the Huntsville Museum of Art since we launched our Huntsville franchise. It’s been a fabulous eight years and we look forward to continuing our partnership over the years to come.”
In celebration of the opening of this exhibition, the Museum hosted a sold-out Lecture and Preview Party on Tuesday, October 23rd where guests learned the history behind Tiffany and how his innovative processes impacted the world of decorative art from Lindsy R. Parrott, Director and Curator at the Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass in New York.
On Thursday, November 15 from 5:30-7 p.m., the Museum will host an Artist’s Demonstration inside the galleries of the Tiffany exhibition by resident Lowe Mill artist, Robert Perrella. Perrella will demonstrate the techniques used to create a stained glass lampshade and will give further insight into Tiffany’s unique process. This event will be included in the cost of general admission for non-members.
For more information about this exhibition and to plan your next trip to the Museum, visit hsvmuseum.org or call 256.535.4350.
About the Huntsville Museum of Art
The Huntsville Museum of Art is a non-profit municipal corporation established by the City of Huntsville, Alabama, and governed by a city-appointed Museum Board. The Museum seeks to foster understanding of the visual arts and appreciation of artistic achievement. In addition to its galleries and exhibitions, the Museum offers art classes for children and adults along with special programs, lectures and musical presentations. Rental space is also available for weddings, meetings and other events.
Co-Lead Sponsors: IBERIABANK; and Iron Mountain Solutions
Exhibition Endowment generously supported by Patsy and Frank Haws, Doris and Stanley Minkinow, and Pat Kyser
Exhibition Sponsors: National Endowment for the Arts; Kathy and C.H. ‘Tony’ Chan; Connie and Rusty Stephenson; The Driehaus Foundation; Sally and Robert Arthur; Nell and David Johnston; Ina and Garrett Smith; Dr. Ruth and Allen Yates
Media Sponsor: Alabama Media Group
Additional Support: Gerry and Virgil Schaffer; The Alabama State Council on the Arts; The Huntsville Museum of Art Guild