Exhibitions | Exhibitions To the South

The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass at BYU MoA

Louis C. Tiffany’s glass is celebrated for its saturated color and dazzling luminosity. Under Tiffany’s personal supervision, this glass, produced in an extraordinary range of colors and hues, was used to create some of the most striking and iconic decorative objects of the twentieth century.

Organized by The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass in New York City, Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light is comprised of five windows, nineteen lamps, and more than 100 pieces of opalescent flat glass and glass “jewels” that illustrate the rich expanse of color and light available to the artist at the Tiffany Studios. The objects on display are some of the most iconic and celebrated of Louis C. Tiffany’s glass works. The Tiffany brand is well known, but the history behind Tiffany Studios and their innovative, dazzling stained glass work is less familiar. Louis Comfort Tiffany, son of the
famous Tiffany & Co. jeweler, was a passionate artist and designer who was captivated by the interplay of light and color. Wanting to harness the expressive potential of glass in harmonious and illuminating combinations, Tiffany invented new forms of opalescent glass in which the colors and textures were part of the glass, rather than painted on its surface. Tiffany’s luminous glass was unrivaled and raised the standard for decorative stained glass to a new level.

Ashlee Whitaker, Curator at the BYU Museum of Art, said, “The Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass is renowned for its unique and iconic pieces of Tiffany glass. It is such a rare opportunity to feature this kind of collection. It is impossible to appreciate the captivating richness of Tiffany’s work until you see it first hand.”

Dr. Egon Neustadt, founder of the Neustadt Collection, began acquiring Tiffany lamps in 1935. He went on to amass an almost encyclopedic collection, but perhaps his most significant acquisition came in 1967 when he purchased the flat glass and “jewels” leftover from the closing of Tiffany Studios in the late 1930s. This collection contains some 275,000 pieces of glass and is the only holding of its kind.

The exhibition also has a special tie to Utah. “Tiffany Studios created innumerable windows and designs for ecclesiastical spaces,” said Whitaker. “Many people don’t know that two Utah church commissioned Tiffany Studios to create stained glass for their devotional spaces—the LDS Church for decorative windows in the Salt Lake Temple and the Episcopal Church for St. Mark’s Cathedral in Salt Lake City. We wanted to feature stories of these two commissions in the exhibition to bring the Tiffany legacy offine stained glass closer to home.”

Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light is open February 2 – May 5, 2018 at theBYU Museum of Art. The MOA will host an Art After Dark event to celebrate the opening on February 9, 2018, from 7-10 PM.