Stony Brook, NY – July 22, 2021 …The Long Island Museum (LIM), a Smithsonian affiliate dedicated to American history and art with a Long Island connection, is excited to announce that three new exhibitions will go on view this summer. The exhibitions Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light, Fire & Form: New Directions in Glass and the 8th Annual LIMarts Members’ Exhibition, Fragile, will open on Friday, August 20, 2021.
Organized by the Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass in Queens, NY, Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light will be the first exhibition of its kind at the LIM. This compelling exhibition will include five windows, twenty lamps, and several displays showing how Louis C. Tiffany’s lamps were assembled, and how collectors today can distinguish between authentic lamps and forgeries. The exhibition features some of the most celebrated of Tiffany’s works. Chosen for their masterful rendering of nature in flowers or landscape scenes, they exemplify the rich and varied glass palette, sensitive color selection, and intricacy of design that was characteristic of Tiffany’s leaded-glass objects. This exhibition also highlights some of the key figures at Tiffany Studios who made essential contributions to the artistry of the windows and lamps— chemist Arthur J. Nash and designers Agnes Northrop and Clara Driscoll.
Fire & Form: New Directions in Glass , organized by the Long Island Museum, will feature nearly 50 works from nine contemporary artists, all reinforcing that glass is a sculptural material of near-infinite artistic and narrative possibilities. The artists included in this exhibition represent some of the most renowned names in American contemporary glass: Joseph Cavalieri, Deborah Czeresko, Trefny Dix, Bengt Hokanson,Beth Lipman, Judith Schaechter, Andy Stenerson, Marianne Weil, and Toots Zynsky. These exceptional artists all demonstrate a variety of approaches, methods, and inspirational starting points. Fire & Form will inhabit more than 2,500 square feet in LIM’s History Museum and Visitor’s Center and will be accompanied by a richly illustrated 30-page catalogue that will be printed as a takeaway for visitors.
“These are two of the biggest and most beautiful exhibitions we have ever mounted here,” says Joshua Ruff, Deputy Director and one of the curators of Fire & Form. “The comparison between Tiffany’s approach with some of the striking other work people will see–modern stained glass, blown glass, and cast glass–will really give people some perspective on how versatile a medium it really is.”
The 8th Annual LIMarts Members’ Exhibition, Fragile, will be an in-person exhibition on view in the Cowles Gallery in the History Museum and Visitors Center. Sponsored by Maryellen and Michael Lubinsky, Fragile allows LIMarts Members to share their artwork with the community while coinciding with the two exciting glass exhibitions. Due to the generosity of the exhibition’s sponsors, the LIM is able to waive the usual commission and the artists will receive 100% of the proceeds on any artwork sold. The Museum is committed to promoting and supporting the arts and its artist members.
All three exhibitions will be on display at the LIM from August 20, 2021 until December 19, 2021. The LIM will offer a variety of related programs including virtual offerings and lectures with involved artists of the exhibitions. Programming information will be available on the LIM’s website at longislandmuseum.org
Funding for Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light, was provided in part by: Media Sponsor: WSHU Public Radio; Humanities NY; New York Community Bank Foundation; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Order of Colonial Lords of Manors in America; The Peter & Barbara Ferentinos Family Endowment; Robert W. Baird Incorporated/Baird Foundation, Inc.; Smithtown Community Trust.
Funding for Fire and Form: New Directions in Glass was provided in part by: Premier Sponsor, Olivia & Harlan Fischer; Media Sponsor, WSHU Public Radio; Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass; Humanities NY; New York Community Bank Foundation; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Order of Colonial Lords of Manors in America; The Peter & Barbara Ferentinos Family Endowment; Robert W. Baird Incorporated/Baird Foundation, Inc.; Smithtown Community Trust.