Tiffany stained glass lamps and church windows will be displayed in two colorful exhibitions opening June 12 at the Michele & Donald D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts at the Quadrangle.
The presentation of the exhibitions in Springfield is sponsored by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual). The media sponsor is WGBY 57 Public Television for Western New England.
In Company with Angels: Seven Rediscovered Tiffany Windows presents stained glass windows with angel motifs created in 1902 for a Swedenborgian church in Cincinnati. The rare windows were removed when the church was razed in 1964. They eventually ended up in a barn on Swedenborgian church property in Pennsylvania in 1991. Restoration of the angel windows began in 2004. When the last window was cleaned the Tiffany signature was revealed.
The windows portray the angels of the early Christian churches of Asia Minor (in present-day Turkey). Each full-length angel has a slightly different stance and type of dress, lending individuality to a group united by their flame-like wings against the sky. Tiffany named the series “Angels Representing Seven Churches.”
In Company with Angels: Seven Rediscovered Tiffany Windows is organized by In Company with Angels, Inc. The exhibit will close August 5.
The second exhibition, Tiffany Lamps: Articles of Utility, Objects of Art, celebrates Tiffany’s contributions to modern decorative lighting. More than forty lamps are featured. The show also includes tools, materials and period photographs to demonstrate how they were made.
Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933) developed innovative techniques such as fusing different colors of glass to produce iridescence, pulling and twisting molten glass to create folds simulating fabric, adding depth with thick chunks of smooth “glass jewels,” and using faceted edges to bend and reflect light.
As articles of utility, reading lamps, floor lamps and hanging shades came in a variety of sizes and shapes to regulate and direct light. As objects of art, the lamps, with colored glass and sculpted bronze bases, brought beauty into the home. This exhibition examines both the artistry and social context of these iconic objects
Tiffany Lamps: Articles of Utility, Objects of Art is organized by The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass, New York. The exhibit will close September 9.
Stunning studio glass from the D’Amour Museum’s permanent collection will add contemporary sparkle to the Tiffany displays.
In addition, the Wood Museum of Springfield History is featuring four guns beautifully engraved by Tiffany Jewelers; two were done for the National Export Exposition in Philadelphia in 1899, and two were decorated for the Colombian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago.
“We are pleased to help bring such a fine exhibition of Tiffany pieces to the Springfield Museums. Tiffany is one of the most regarded names in decorative artistry and this exhibit is a great addition to the Springfield Museums’ excellent summer line up,” said Nick Fyntrilakis, Vice President of Community Responsibility, MassMutual.
MassMutual is the premier sponsor of the Springfield Museums’ Spectacular Summer series of exhibits, which includes Tiffany Lamps and Windows, LEGO® Castle Adventure, Stickwork by Patrick Dougherty, and the multi-media Storm Stories: Path of Fury.