‘Becoming Tiffany’ catalog now available

The best exhibitions often yield lovely memories – but it’s always nice to have something more tangible to take home, too.

Those who’ve been impressed by “Becoming Tiffany: From Hudson Valley Painter to Gilded Age Tastemaker” at Lyndhurst – the thoughtful exhibition featured in our July issue – can now purchase the exhibition catalog, as the anticipated publication has now been released.

As does the exhibition, the catalog traces the lesser-known early years of Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933). Tiffany, we learn, was both a painter and Irvington neighbor to railroad magnate Jay Gould and his family, Lyndhurst residents and early – and longtime – Tiffany patrons.

Through the exhibition, we journey with Tiffany around the world, as he develops his artistic styles and watch as he grows into his prominent role in the field of decorative arts. Throughout the show, which features work both in the gallery and in the mansion, we are offered the chance to see the Tiffany legacy in a new light.

Now, the 50-page publication sums up the experience in a most elegant reference and keepsake, one that includes more than 70 color images as well as essays from art historian Roberta A. Mayer and Howard Zar, Lyndhurst’s executive director. Mayer, as we have previously written, was a speaker during the early June “Becoming Tiffany” Symposium held at Lyndhurst, while Zar advanced the exhibition with his talk, “Jay Gould and His Daughters: The Overlooked Collectors of the Gilded Age.” That lecture was presented April 29 during the “Mansions of the Gilded Age” Symposium, also held at Lyndhurst.

The “Becoming Tiffany” catalog may be purchased at the museum shop. It can also be shipped for $19.95 plus tax by calling the shop, at 914-303-6832, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays.

For more, visit Lyndhurst.org.

– Mary Shustack

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