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This post comes to us from Pat Hickox, Docent.

Clara Driscoll in work room at Tiffany Studios with Joseph Briggs, 1901. Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY. (Thanks to Ms. Vreeland’s website above)

Clara Driscoll in work room at Tiffany Studios with Joseph Briggs, 1901. Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY. (Thanks to Ms. Vreeland’s website above)

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…)

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The Archdukes Albert and Isabella Visiting a Collector’s Cabinet, ca. 1621-1623. Hieronymus Fracken II (1578-1623) and Jan Brueghel the Elder (1568-1625). Oil on panel. 37 x 48 9/16 in. The Walters Art Museum, Museum purchase, 1948, 37.2010

Folk and native arts have inspired a number of art movements and styles throughout history, including Exoticism, Orientalism, Japonisme, Primitivism and Cubism. However, the imitation, display and depiction of such people and their art has often been a contentious topic in the art world. Items ranging from African masks to Shaker furniture were originally created for a purpose—i.e. ritual or practical use—with no intention or desire that they be displayed in a museum. Although museum accession is one of the highest accolades for most Western artists, it can be seen as a great disservice to those outside of this culture. (more…)

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East River from the 30th Story of the Shelton Hotel, 1928. Georgia O’Keefe (1887-1986).Oil on canvas.New Britain Museum of American Art, Stephen B. Lawrence Fund, 1958.9.

The art world has long been a male-dominated domain. Although the ratio has shifted in recent years, men were traditionally afforded far more access to artistic training. One of the most important aspects of this training, the study of the nude model, was generally altogether barred from female students.

As women have been incorporated into the art world and art history in recent decades, many issues have arisen concerning the handling of these changes. These have included the attribution, collection, display and analysis of works by female artists. (more…)

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