This post comes to us from Pat Hickox, Docent.
I write to you as a woman, lover of art, and a docent @ NBMAA. With the May 24th opening of “The Brilliance of Louis Comfort Tiffany: Painter and Craftsman” in the NBMAA McKernan Gallery, I will be eager to see Mr. Tiffany’s work. However, I will also be interested to see if there is any reference to the women who worked within his studio in the late 1800’s.
Months ago anticipating this incoming exhibition, the Arts and Literature program @ NBMAA read a novel by author Susan Vreeland titled Clara and Mr. Tiffany (ask for it at the NBMAA gift shop). Working with Heather Whitehouse, Associate Curator of Education, I developed a power point presentation regarding this interesting relationship to complement her discussion.
Thanks to Ms. Vreeland’s book and extensive web site www.svreeland.com/tiff.html, I was led into the fascinating world of women in New York City in the late 1900’s , as well as the newly emerging field of women in the industrial arts. Her novel came about after much research and contacts with the New York Historical Society (www.nyhistory.org). (more…)