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Tiffany: The Pursuit of Beauty in Nature

Selby Gardens’ 2023 Jean & Alfred Goldstein Exhibition

On view February 12 through June 25, 2023 at our Downtown Sarasota campus

 

Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is excited to present Tiffany: The Pursuit of Beauty in Nature as the 2023 installment of the Jean & Alfred Goldstein Exhibition Series, running from February through June at the Downtown Sarasota campus. The exhibition will showcase the creativity and innovation of the American artist and designer Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933), who founded Tiffany Studios and served as the first design director of Tiffany & Co., the renowned jewelry and silver firm established by his father, Charles Lewis Tiffany (1812-1902).

Louis Comfort Tiffany was one of the most influential American artists and designers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was closely associated with Art Nouveau, an international style of art and design characterized by organic line and natural form.  Tiffany began his career as a painter, but later turned his attention to decorative arts, particularly stained glass, for which he became best known.  His work as an artist and designer was part of his life-long goal, which he described as “the pursuit of beauty.”  His unique aesthetic was based on his belief that inspiration for art and design should be found in nature. The rich hues that distinguished his stained glass and other decorative arts were drawn from the colors of plants, especially flowers and fruits. To realize his creative vision, Tiffany employed a team of skilled designers and craftspeople, who translated his ideas into beautiful objects of almost every artistic and decorative medium. The team included several talented women, who contributed to every aspect of glasswork, from initial design to final product. Tiffany encouraged his team to look to nature – from dragonflies to daffodils – and to interpret it imaginatively.

Tiffany: The Pursuit of Beauty in Nature will be the first exhibition of its type to be presented in a botanical garden, a particularly appropriate setting in which to highlight the connection between Tiffany’s work and the natural world. Tiffany’s celebrated stained-glass windows and lamps will inspire stunning horticultural displays in the Tropical Conservatory and throughout the Gardens.  These kaleidoscopic displays of flowers and foliage will play with light, color, and material to create a truly immersive experience that blurs the line between art and nature.

Accompanying the horticultural displays will be outstanding examples of Tiffany’s work, in various media, on view in the Museum of Botany & the Arts. Generously lent from a local private collection, this remarkable group of lamps, vases, and other objects will be used to tell the story of Tiffany and his firm, which revolutionized glassmaking and elevated the status of American decorative arts at home and abroad. The objects will also be used to explain their innovative methods of manufacture, and to emphasize the significant role of the designers and craftspeople who helped Tiffany to achieve his objective of furnishing complete, coordinated interiors filled with objects of the highest quality, all reflecting the beauty of nature.

Presenting Sponsor

Drs. Joel Morganroth and Gail Morrison Morganroth

Lead Sponsors

Major Sponsors

Beverly and Bob Bartner

Better-Gro

BMO Wealth Management

Ed and Betsy Cohen/Aréte Foundation

Carole Crosby and Larry Wickless

Supporting Sponsors

James and Maryann Armour Foundation

Jean Weidner Goldstein

Teri A Hansen

Cornelia and J. Richard Matson

Keith Monda and Veronica Brady

Jennifer and Rob Rominiecki

Hobart and Janis Swan

Marcia Jean Taub and Peter Swain

Williams Parker Attorneys at Law

Garden Vignettes Sponsor

Marcy and Michael Klein

Additional Sponsors

BBJ La Tavola

Gold Coast Eagle Distributing

So Staged Event Deign+Rentals+Florals

Sweet Sparkman Architecture + Interiors

Total Wine & More

Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Arts and Culture, the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Paid for in part by Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax Revenue.