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Tiffany Exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art ...

By Mary

It’s been awhile since I’ve made a trip to New York City, and looking through recent information about current museum exhibits, it’s clear that I must plan a trip soon.

High on my list of things to see will be the Louis Comfort Tiffany Exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Louis Comfort Tiffany was the son of Charles Tiffany, of jewelry fame. While he embraced a variety of artistic mediums (mosaic, pottery, metalwork, enamel, jewelry, glass, etc.), he is probably best known and recognized for his decorative stained glass work. The name “Tiffany” now evokes not just the thought of gorgeous jewelry, but of gorgeous stained glass work as well.

The Met has long had Tiffany’s work in its collection, both as items donated to the museum, and pieces on loan from Tiffany himself. Additional purchases and gifts over the years have expanded the collection, and it has become one of the most comprehensive Tiffany collections.

The current exhibit, “Louis Comfort Tiffany and Laurelton Hall – An Artist’s Country Estate” features some of Tiffany’s earliest work and experiments with interior design, using his homes in New York City as showcases. Some notable items include: immense carved teakwood doors, Steinway piano design inspired by a Damascus chest, the Daffodil Terrace from his home at Laurelton Hall, and leaded-glass windows inspired by and reflective of the landscape surrounding Laurelton Hall. The exhibit as a whole presents a retrospective of his leaded-glass work throughout Tiffany’s lifetime.

The Tiffany exhibit runs through May 20th, 2007.

Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street (Upper East Side) in the Iris and Gerald Cantor Exhibition Hall, 2nd floor. Subways: 6 to 86th Street, then walk three blocks west.

Hours: Tuesday – Thursday and Sunday, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 9:30 am – 9 pm. Closed Mondays. Check for special holiday hours.

Admission: $20 recommended for adults, $15 for seniors (65+), $10 for students, and free for kids under twelve accompanied by an adult. These are recommended admission fees, and while not required for entrance, paying the suggested amount helps cover the cost of special exhibitions, for which there are no additional charges. Tickets are available online.

Trivia Note: Even though you may never have been to the Met, you may recognize it from the movies. “When Harry Met Sally,” “A Perfect Murder,” and “Maid in Manhattan” all has scenes that were filmed there.

Photo credit: Wally Gobetz

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