A New Light on Tiffany presents groundbreaking research revealing the many women who played a crucial role in the design and creation of Tiffany Studios’ masterpieces, in particular, Clara Driscoll (1861–1944), head of the Women’s Glass Cutting Department. Driscoll’s recently discovered correspondence, written during her employment at Tiffany Studios at the turn of the century, reveals that she was responsible for many of the firm’s most iconic lampshades, including the Wisteria, Dragonfly and Poppy, as well as numerous other objects made with glass, bronze and mosaic. In addition to designing, Driscoll managed a large department of young women, known as the “Tiffany Girls,” who specialized in selecting and cutting glass for windows, shades and mosaics.
The exhibition includes approximately sixty Tiffany lamps, windows, mosaics, enamels and ceramics designed by Clara Driscoll and other women at Tiffany Studios, as well as numerous objects made under her direction. Supplementary archival material documents the activities at Tiffany Studios and sheds light on Driscoll’s experience as a New York working woman at the turn of the century.
Click here for dramatic readings of Driscoll’s letters by actress Lois Chiles and curatorial commentary by Martin Eidelberg, Professor Emeritus of Art History at Rutgers University; Nina Gray, independent scholar and former Associate Curator of Decorative Arts at the New-York Historical Society; and Margaret K. Hofer, New-York Historical Society Curator of Decorative Arts.
A catalogue by the three curators, also available in Dutch and German translations, accompanies the exhibition.