Ask anyone what comes to mind when they hear the word “Tiffany” and you’re likely to get a range of responses. A movie with Audrey Hepburn. A luxury jeweler with that signature blue box. A singer from the 1980s (if you’re of-a-certain-age).
It’s not surprising. For a brand that is seemingly well known for one thing, Tiffany remains for most more of an idea of luxury than a collection of vintage objects, art and craft to be experienced first hand. Until now.
Thanks to a first-of-its-kind exhibition at Reynolda House Museum of American Art called Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light, visitors in Winston-Salem have the rare opportunity to see, explore and compare various examples of famed Tiffany glass. The exhibition brings together a curated collection of twenty-two Tiffany glass lamps, five art glass panels and several blown-glass Tiffany vases from Katharine Reynolds’ private estate. The idea is to showcase the innovative, almost otherworldly nature of the art glass while connecting it to the people and contemporaries who most admired, appreciated and drew inspiration from it in Winston-Salem at the time.
Fusing Artistry and Technique Ahead of Its Time
The exhibition is organized by the Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass in Queens, NY, and showcases the processes by which Tiffany glass was manufactured, how Tiffany lamps were assembled, and how collectors today can distinguish between authentic lamps and forgeries.
As a painter, Louis C. Tiffany was captivated by the interplay of light and color, and this fascination found its most spectacular expression in his leaded-glass windows and lampshades bursting with vibrant colors and richly varied patterns, textures, and opacities.
The exhibition features some of the most celebrated of Tiffany’s works, including a number of Katharine Smith Reynolds’ own pieces. Typical subject matter for the artist includes nature in bloom, delicate floral motifs and stylized garden landscapes. Those themes extend beyond the primary exhibition directly into Reynolda Gardens, the formal four-acre landscape surrounding the historic Museum. Visitors are encouraged to tour the gardens year round at their leisure.
If you go, you should know:
REYNOLDA HOUSE FEATURED EXHIBITION: Tiffany Glass — Painting with Color and Light DATES: October 6 – November 29, 2020
TIME: Tuesday–Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Sunday: 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
*TICKETS: $18, or FREE for Members and Students
LOCATION: Mary and Charlie Babcock Wing Gallery 2250 Reynolda Road Winston-Salem, NC 27106 888.663.1149
*Advance timed admission tickets is required for all visitors. Reserve your timed ticket at https://reynolda-house-museum-of-american-art.ticketleap.com/museum-admission-fall-2020/.
REYNOLDA COVID-19 GUIDELINES:
On Tuesday, October 6, Reynolda House will open its doors to the public at reduced capacity, with timed reservations required and additional COVID restrictions in place. The museum has been hard at work behind-the-scenes to develop thorough health and safety guidelines for its visitors and staff members. To learn more about the guidelines in place, click here.
BOOK YOUR HOTEL
Historic Brookstown Inn Hotel
Stay in the historic Broosktown district of downtown Winston-Salem when you book this Tiffany getaway package with the Historic Brookstown Inn Hotel. An 1837 cotton mill-turned-hotel, The Brookstown Inn is conveniently located within walking distance of dozens of restaurants. Take the strollway into the heart of downtown and find shops, eateries, and breweries.
Ready to illuminate your imagination? The Tiffany Glass getaway package includes:
- Overnight accommodations at the Historic Brookstown Inn
- Two adult admissions to Reynolda House Museum of American Art (student admission is free)
- Welcome Gift:Tiffany Glass keepsake plastic vase
Hotel Perks Include:
- Evening wine and cheese reception
- Fresh baked cookies and milk at bedtime
- Hot Southern breakfast
- On-site parking
- Wireless Internet
- Rates: Starting at $188 + tax per night
To reserve call (336) 725-1120 or book online here. Terms and conditions: Blackout dates may apply. Your reservation must be cancelled or modified by 3 p.m. EST at least 24 hours prior to your arrival date or you will be charged for the first night room and tax. Reynolda House is closed on Mondays.
Feature image: Tiffany Studios, New York, Design attributed to Agnes Northrop (1857-1953), Tropical Landscape window, ca. 1910, Leaded glass, The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass, Queens, NY