The Charles Hosmer - Morse Museum of American Art



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On Exhibit

Exhibitions in the Museum’s galleries are changed periodically to enable the public to see more of the permanent collection and to bring a broader understanding of developments in American art. Current exhibitions on view include:

  • Louis Comfort Tiffany’s
    Laurelton Hall

    Ongoing

    This comprehensive exhibition on Louis Comfort Tiffany’s celebrated Long Island home, Laurelton Hall, features the restored Daffodil Terrace and approximately 200 objects from or related to the estate.
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  • Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Life and Art

    Ongoing

    Reflecting on his artistic career at a celebration of his 68th birthday in 1916, Louis Comfort Tiffany characterized his work across various media as a lifelong “quest of beauty.” Few artists have been as energetic or as successful as was Tiffany (1848–1933) in establishing that aesthetic ideal in the American home. Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Life and Art examines through art objects, archival documents, and artifacts Tiffany’s astonishingly diverse work in the decorative arts over the course of his lifetime.
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  • The Domes of the Yosemite, Morse Museum, Winter Park, Florida

    February 13, 2018 through July 08, 2018

    The largest existing painting by American artist Albert Bierstadt (1830–1902) will be exhibited at the Morse through a special loan of the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum in Vermont. Bierstadt, a German-American artist, was lauded for grandiose landscape paintings, particularly those that captured the newly accessible American West. His work represented the maturation of the great American landscape tradition, and this painting of the Yosemite Valley is considered his crowning achievement. The painting will be installed at the Morse in the winter following conservation in Miami and will be on view through early July. Charles Hosmer Morse, the industrialist and philanthropist for whom the Morse is named, is a native of St. Johnsbury. The Elizabeth Morse Genius Foundation made a significant contribution toward the Athenaeum’s Domes Project.
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  • Nineteenth-Century American Landscapes

    Ongoing

    Many American painters of the late 19th century withdrew from cities to the pristine beauty of forests, rivers, and rural life. In this exhibition, the Morse presents a selection of landscape paintings from its collection that illustrate the affinity between the ideas of the French Barbizon School (1830–1870) and American painting at the turn of the 20th century. Objects on view will include landscapes by Otto Heinigke (1850–1915), Lockwood de Forest (1850–1932), and George Inness (1825–1894). The show complements the exhibition Towards Impressionism: Landscape Painting from Corot to Monet at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum (January 20–April 8) at Rollins College.
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  • Louis Comfort Tiffany—Impressions on Film, Canvas, and Paper

    Ongoing

    Although best known for his achievements in the decorative arts, particularly glass, Louis Comfort Tiffany was an active painter and photographer throughout his life. This exhibition draws on the Museum’s collection of Tiffany’s less well known two-dimensional works, examples that are poetic in character—sometimes joyous, sometimes elegiac. Tiffany, who traveled broadly, was unceasingly engaged with his visual environment, recording his impressions with camera, brush, and pen. While Tiffany’s famous works in glass dazzle the eye, his paintings and photographs provide an intimate portrait of a man moved by the simple beauty of everyday life—farm scenes, children playing in the surf, and boats on the Hudson River.
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  • Tiffany Studios Designs

    Ongoing

    Inspired by the aesthetic vision of Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848–1933) and with his careful guidance, talented designers and artisans produced some of the most stunning and innovative decorative objects of his and our own time. Organized from the Morse collection, this exhibition presents some of the designs for the diverse objects—including lamps, windows, vases, and even baptismal fonts—born of this complex and enterprising organization. The show will include objects, sketches, drawings, and photographs that reveal something of the creative process at Tiffany’s firm.
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  • Art Nouveau from Europe and America from the Morse Collection

    Ongoing

    A new installation of works that represent the bold international decorative arts style known as Art Nouveau (1890–1910). The exhibition, drawn from the Morse collection, will feature furniture, jewelry, ceramics, and art glass from artists and designers working in Europe and America.
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  • Celebrating 75 Years—Pathways of American Art at the Morse Museum

    October 18, 2016 through September 23, 2018

    The Morse Museum opened its doors 75 years ago on February 17, 1942, to provide the community with an opportunity to make art a part of their daily lives. The Morse was founded by Jeannette McKean (1909–89), granddaughter of Chicago industrialist and Winter Park philanthropist Charles Hosmer Morse, and led for nearly a half century by Hugh McKean (1908–95), an artist, art professor, and for 18 years president of Rollins College. Our 75th anniversary is an occasion to reaffirm the McKeans’ vision for the Museum’s role in the community and to celebrate the values that have steered the institution since its inception and which make it a distinctive benefaction.
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  • Tiffany Art Glass from the Morse Collection

    Ongoing

    Tiffany Studios was arguably the most accomplished maker of art glass in the world in its day and undoubtedly one of the best of all time. In this new installation, the Morse presents examples of Tiffany art glass that richly illustrate the artist’s mastery of this medium.
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  • Lamps and Lighting—Tiffany and His Contemporaries

    Ongoing

    Although Louis Comfort Tiffany was an international success before his first lamp, his signature style of lighting has certainly extended the breadth and depth of his popularity across America and through time, from the 1890s to this day. With his lamps and lighting fixtures, Tiffany created a uniquely beautiful and clever look for illumination that captured the American and European audience and even now fascinates and charms people all over the world.
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  • Revival & Reform—Eclecticism in the 19th-Century Environment

    Ongoing

    The Arts window, c. 1894, by J. & R. Lamb Studios is the centerpiece of this major new exhibition that illustrates the rich diversity of styles that made up the visual environment of the late 19th century in both Europe and America. Lamb Studios, a prominent American glasshouse of the era, exhibited the neoclassical window widely. In preparation for its debut at the Morse, the window, more than eight feet in diameter, underwent extensive conservation. The installation, organized from objects in the Museum’s collection, features about 20 additional leaded-glass windows and selections of art glass, pottery, and furniture, a number of which also have never been exhibited. Besides works by Lamb, windows on view—some avant-garde, others reviving styles of the past—include examples by Tiffany Studios, John LaFarge, Frank Lloyd Wright, Edward Burne-Jones, Donald MacDonald, and Heaton, Butler & Bayne.
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  • Tiffany Chapel

    Ongoing

    The celebrated chapel interior that Louis Comfort Tiffany created for exhibition at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago opened as an exhibition at the Morse in April 1999, becoming available to the public for the first time in more than 100 years. The mosaic and glass masterpiece, a testament to his design genius, established Tiffany’s reputation internationally.
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  • Secrets of Tiffany Glassmaking

    Ongoing

    Updated installation opened September 4, 2012. Through photographs, models, tools, and art objects, this teaching exhibit shows the range of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s glass production, from mosaics and molded-glass jewels to leaded-glass windows and lamps, providing insights into the techniques employed by his artisans.
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  • Paintings from the Morse Collection

    Ongoing

    This recently updated gallery of primarily American paintings features more than 20 works representing a variety of late 19th-century styles, including portraiture, genre scenes, and landscapes.
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  • Art Jewelry, Favrile Metalwork & Precious Glass by Louis Comfort Tiffany

    Ongoing

    This permanent gallery features about three dozen objects, including 11 pieces of jewelry that Tiffany designed for the new art jewelry division he established at Tiffany & Co. after his father died in 1902.
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