Painting with Color & Light — Experiencing Tiffany Glass in Winston-Salem

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, or to experience a customized guided tour this spring highlighting the various blooms that served as Tiffany’s own inspiration. (See below.)

If you go, you should know:

REYNOLDA HOUSE FEATURED EXHIBITION:
Tiffany Glass — Painting with Color and Light
DATES: March 28, 2020 — June 21, 2020
TIME: Tuesday–Saturday: 9:30am–4:30pm, 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

REYNOLDA HOUSE FEATURED LECTURE:
Beyond the Glass Ceiling: Agnes Northrop, Designer of Tiffany Windows 
DATE: Thursday, April 02, 2020
TIME: 6 – 7 p.m. 

TICKETS: $15; $10 for Museum Members 

LOCATION:
Reynolda House Auditorium
2250 Reynolda Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27106

888.663.1149

REYNOLDA HOUSE SEASONAL GARDEN TOUR:
Tiffany: Gallery to Garden Tours
DATE: Saturday, April 11, 2020
TIME: 10 – 11:30 a.m. 

TICKETS: $25; $15 Museum Members and Gardens Friends, 18 and under free

LOCATION:
Meet at the front desk of the Museum
2250 Reynolda Road
Winston-Salem, NC 27106

888.663.1149

Enjoy a walking tour that examines floral motifs in the Tiffany exhibition, followed by an exploration of their natural counterparts throughout the formal Reynolda Gardens. This 90-minute experience is jointly led by Gardens and Museum staff.

Inspired? Experience Glassmaking First-Hand in Winston-Salem

Channel your inner creativity with a visit to Winston-Salem’s own glass blowing studio, Olio. Browse the curated gift shop, see a professional glass blower at work, or try your hand at an afternoon workshop.

Discover new, emerging and internationally recognized glass artists in Winston-Salem at the Sawtooth School for Visual Art. Objects range from decorative orbs and objects to handmade tumblers, carafes and jewelry.

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