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The "Tiffany Girls" Studio Tour
Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from June 25 through September 1
Adults $18; Youth (10-17 years) $8 Buy tickets
The year is 1899. The wealthy and influential of Chicago’s nouveau chic society have been invited to a special, private viewing of the Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company’s temporary workshop and domestic showroom in the city, built within the lavish Nickerson Mansion. Their hosts are two of Tiffany’s most accomplished female designers, Agnes Northrop and Clara Driscoll, who are busy making preparations for the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris.
In this highly interactive living history tour, participants—through their new fictional identities as prominent members of Gilded Age society—learn the true history of the Women’s Glass Cutting Department, established by Tiffany in New York in 1892. Led by designer Clara Driscoll, whose surviving letters have illuminated the talented artisans known as the Tiffany Girls and provide the backbone of the tour, this department expertly executed some of Tiffany’s best-known designs in lamps, windows, and decorative objects.
During this tour learn more about the private lives and talents of these new, independent 19th-century women, Clara Driscoll and Agnes Northrop. Guests also get a hands-on experience of the process of selecting and cutting glass for new lamp and window designs, discuss the balance between art and business, and explore the Driehaus Museum’s exhibition Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection through the eyes of Tiffany’s designers.
Ticket includes Museum general admission.
Please pardon our appearance as we restore the limestone stairs that lead to the front door of the Museum.
Image: View of the Glass Room with Women at Work, Oct., 1894.
Please note that in exchange for your reservation and/or ticket, you have authorized the Driehaus Museum to photograph, record, film, video tape, or otherwise use your likeness, performance, image, and/or voice for use in general and/or program-related Driehaus Museum promotional materials. If for any reason, you do not wish to be photographed, please provide your name(s) at registration that evening.
Mark Twain Lecture
Thursday, October 6
This lecture by Jennifer A. Greenhill, PhD., Associate Professor of Art History, American Art and Visual Culture, University of Southern California explore the creative possibilities offered by the comic press during the Gilded Age through the work of Mark Twain. Read more
Thursday, October 13
This second Nickerson Lecture by Moira Gallagher, Research Assistant in the American Wing at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, brings to light the significant, yet little known cabinet making and decorating enterprise of George A. Schastey. Read more
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