Museum of the Albemarle Opens “Louis C. Tiffany: Art and Innovation” Sept. 22


ELIZABETH CITY, NC Sept. 3, 2015 – View stunning objects created by Louis C. Tiffany and examine the best of the works of the Art Nouveau movement when the “Louis C. Tiffany: Art and Innovation” exhibition opens Sept. 22 at the Museum of the Albemarle. Stained glass windows, lamps, vases and pottery will be among the 63 pieces in the exhibition.

Gold translucent flower form vase, ca. 1905.

Gold translucent flower form vase, ca. 1905.

A curator’s tour of the exhibit at 10:15 a.m. opening day will be given by Tom Wester of Wester Gallery in Roswell, Ga., a Tiffany collector. He will explore the significance of the Art Nouveau movement that was popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His Tiffany collection includes lamps, stained glass windows and Favrile glasswork that he has acquired over more than 30 years. He showcases the brilliance of Tiffany in his Georgia gallery.

“We are excited to be able to bring the brilliance of Tiffany to the Museum of the Albemarle,” observes Curator Wanda Stiles. “We believe the public will find it enchanting.”

The exhibition will feature pieces on loan from other private collectors and several institutions and also tell the story of companies created by father and son. Visitors can appreciate the beauty and superior workmanship of Louis Comfort Tiffany, and also learn the context of his work in the Art Nouveau style.

Three stained glass windows join a collection of lamps, vases and pottery to be exhibited. A rare 1901 lamp with an Oriental poppy shade and Cypriot glass base, Favrile glass works – including lamp sprays from Whalehead Inn in Historic Corolla – and an urn-shaped vase, once displayed in Seattle where Tiffany won a gold medal, also will be displayed.

Other Tiffany and Company artifacts to be exhibited include a circa 1872 silver tête-à-tête tea service, silverware and serving pieces. The free exhibition will run through the fall of 2016.

For more information, please call (252) 335-1453.

About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission is to improve our state’s quality of life by creating opportunities that promote economic development, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and spark creativity to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.

Through arts efforts led by the N.C. Arts Council, the N.C. Symphony and the N.C. Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and spurring the economic stimulus engine for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of Archives and Records, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage to offer experiences of learning and reflection. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state to develop and to offer access to educational resources through traditional and online collections including genealogy and resources for people who are blind and have physical disabilities.

NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov.