Opening November 18
Our Gilded Age
The Gilded Age, an era of economic prosperity and conspicuous consumption had secret flaws, including widespread corruption and wealth disparity. Drawing upon the local history of Long Island, the exhibition will include paintings and pastels by John Singer Sargent, William Merritt Chase, Louis Comfort Tiffany and James McNeill Whistler among others, plus photographs, fashion, decorative arts, manuscripts and other historic memorabilia. Most importantly, our “Upstairs Downstairs” approach to the life of a country house, including our own Gilded Age mansion, will bring to life not only the storied excesses for which the era was infamous, but also the real lives of the many individuals who maintained such estates.