Sunday, September 17, 2006

Luminescent Legacy in the Southeast

The Morse Museum of American Art--Winter Park, FL presents 3 exhibits:
Domestic Treasures: Tiffany Art Glass for the Public

Through January 14, 2007

Windows and Wonders: Tiffany from the Morse Vaults
and Secrets of Tiffany Glassmaking
Through September 2, 2007

Jeannette Genius McKean and Hugh F. McKean have devoted their lives to collecting, appreciating and sharing the phenomenal work of designer Louis Comfort Tiffany. Their museum, named after Jeannette's grandfather, holds "the world's most comprehensive collection of the designer's work", as well as the Tiffany Chapel from the 1893 Chicago world's fair.
The variety of the Morse's Tiffany holdings range from his famed leaded-glass windows to glass buttons he fashioned to make even life's most humble objects expressions of beauty available to a broad public. It includes paintings and extensive examples of his pottery, as well as jewelry, enamels, mosaics, watercolors, lamps, furniture and scores of examples of his Favrile blown glass. Among the most fascinating objects in the Tiffany collection are the brilliantly colorful windows, mosaics, Byzantine-Romanesque architectural elements and furnishings of the chapel he created for the World's Columbian Exposition at Chicago in 1893. The chapel has been reassembled and is open to the general public for the first time in more than 100 years. It was Tiffany's work at the 1893 exposition and especially the chapel that established him as a universally acknowledged member of the small international circle of leading artists/designers of the period - and the only American in that group. >>continue>>



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