TIFFANY LAMPS: ARTICLES OF UTILITY, OBJECTS OF ART
June 12th, 2012 through September 9th, 2012
Michele & Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts
This exhibition celebrates Louis Comfort Tiffany’s (1848-1933) revolutionary contributions to modern decorative lighting. More than 40 lamps in an array of colors, sizes and decorative styles are featured in sections exploring the themes of fabrication, design, lighting technologies, and affordability. The show also includes tools, materials and period photographs to demonstrate how the lamps were made.
The exhibition is the first in-depth look at the Tiffany Studios’ deliberate efforts to produce lamps that balance artistry with utility and profitability. As articles of utility, reading lamps, floor lamps, and hanging shades came in a wide variety of sizes and shapes to regulate and direct light. As objects of art, the lamps, with their interplay of colored glass and richly sculpted bronze, brought beauty into the home.