The Charles Hosmer - Morse Museum of American Art


Past Exhibitions

  • Watercolors of Otto Heinigke—A Glass Artist’s Palette

    February 14, 2012 through October 20, 2013

    Never before exhibited, this selection from the Museum's collection of more than 30 watercolors by Otto Heinigke (1850–1915) includes scenes ranging from Middle-Atlantic farms and forests to ocean and river shorelines. Heinigke was a first-generation American and a principal in the prominent Brooklyn stained-glass firm Heinigke and Bowen.
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  • The Virtues of Simplicity—American Arts and Crafts from the Morse Collection

    February 17, 2009 through January 13, 2013

    The Museum’s exhibition of American Arts and Crafts furnishings and decorative art—which opened February 17, 2009—illustrates the origins of the movement in Great Britain and shows, through a selection of examples from the Morse collection, how the Arts and Crafts movement manifested itself in the United States, especially in the Northeast and Midwest.
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  • Vignette: From the Morse Vaults—Recent Acquisitions

    October 23, 2012 through January 06, 2013

    This informal installation of recent acquisitions shows how the Morse Museum’s collection continues to evolve. Highlights include Blue Magnolia and Zephyr Lily pottery from Roseville, a late 19th-century oil painting, a 1908 gold wristwatch from Tiffany & Co., and blown-glass vases from the family of Arthur J. Nash (1849–1934), who Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848–1933) hired to develop his signature glass.
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  • At Home with Roseville Pottery

    October 18, 2011 through October 07, 2012

    Morse Museum vignettes—a tradition established by Museum founder Jeannette Genius McKean—are themed interior scenes developed from objects in the collection. The Morse will display about three dozen new acquisitions of Roseville ceramic objects representing the rich colors and beloved patterns that made the pottery so popular in its era.
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  • A Church Record—Photographs from the Tiffany Studios Ecclesiastical Department

    July 23, 2010 through January 15, 2012

    The Morse Museum has recently completed an extensive multi-year conservation effort to stabilize the prints and glass-plate negatives in our Tiffany Studios Study Photograph Collection and produce exhibit-quality images from them. Among these archival images are a unique series of photographs that document important commissions and product offerings from Tiffany Studios' Ecclesiastical Department.
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  • The Now and Then Room

    August 19, 2010 through October 09, 2011

    This vignette, adapted from a 1974 original that Jeannette Genius McKean (1909–89) installed at Opera Gala Guild’s Decorator Show House in the historic Grace Phillips Johnson house in College Park.
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  • Quest of Beauty—Louis Comfort Tiffany’s Life and Art

    November 06, 2007 through January 24, 2011

    This exhibition examines Tiffany's "quest of beauty" through five phases of his life and a selection of about 100 objects. These include leaded-glass windows and blown-glass vases created by the artist for exhibition, personal objects Tiffany owned, photographs of his long-lost interior designs, as well as various records and awards.
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  • The Japan Craze and Western Art 1880–1920

    October 20, 2009 through August 08, 2010

    This Morse vignette features a number of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany, John La Farge, Rookwood, and others that reflect the transforming influence of Japan on late 19th- and early 20th-century Western art. Morse Museum vignettes—a tradition established by Jeannette Genius McKean, the Museum’s founder—are themed interior scenes developed from objects in the collection.
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  • Paintings By Louis Comfort Tiffany and His Circle

    October 20, 2009 through July 04, 2010

    Although Louis Comfort Tiffany 's name is most often associated with his work in the medium of glass, he established himself first as a painter and continued to paint throughout his lifetime. Drawing from works in the Morse collection, this new installation provides a view of Tiffany paintings in the context of artists who he believed in some way shared his commitment to beauty. The exhibit includes works by Tiffany alongside those of contemporaries such as Samuel Colman, Elihu Vedder, Charles Hawthorne, and Cecilia Beaux.
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  • A Brilliant Setting—American Cut and Pressed Glass Tableware 1876–1917

    October 14, 2008 through October 04, 2009

    The Museum’s vignette includes more than five dozen examples of American-made glass tableware from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including hand-cut luxury glass—also known as brilliant-cut glass—and the very popular Three Face pattern glassware produced by George Duncan & Sons of Pittsburgh. In this era, beginning with prizes won at the Centennial Exposition in 1876, American glassware was celebrated for its superiority in craftsmanship and design.
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  • Recent Acquisitions—Studies by Lockwood de Forest

    October 14, 2008 through June 07, 2009

    The Museum was recently fortunate to acquire a group of 27 oil studies by landscape painter Lockwood de Forest (1850–1932). Dating from 1874 to 1911, these beautiful plein air sketches are being exhibited for the first time in this installation. De Forest was also a partner in Louis Tiffany’s early decorating businesses. He organized a woodcarving workshop in India and functioned as an importer of various components particularly important to Tiffany’s interiors.
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  • Orientalism—An Eye for the Exotic

    August 15, 2007 through September 28, 2008

    An installation of about two dozen American and European decorative objects, this traditional Morse vignette reflects Western fascination with the art and design of the Orient during the late 19th- and early 20th-centuries.
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  • View of Oyster Bay

    May 10, 2007 through March 23, 2008

    Louis Comfort Tiffany's masterful leaded-glass landscape window, View of Oyster Bay, which has been on long-term loan to the Metropolitan Museum of Art since 1978, has returned home to Winter Park for a limited time while major renovations are underway in the Metropolitan's American Wing.
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  • Dickens to Benton—Rare Books and Works on Paper from the Morse Collection

    January 30, 2007 through October 14, 2007

    This exhibition marks the first major showing of the strong and charming group of books, prints, and drawings collected by Hugh and Jeannette McKean. From an 1844 edition of Charles Dickens' Martin Chuzzlewit to a 1941 lithograph by Thomas Hart Benton, the installation features work by some of the finest artists and illustrators of the era.
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  • Windows and Wonders—Tiffany from the Morse Vaults

    October 11, 2005 through August 31, 2007

    Marking the Museum's tenth anniversary at its Park Avenue location, this exhibition showcases works from the Louis Comfort Tiffany collection that the Museum has rarely if ever exhibited. These include a dozen leaded-glass windows and 85 other varied objects—fancy desk sets, bronzed pottery, art glass, and more.
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  • A Florida Gallery

    March 07, 2007 through August 05, 2007

    Hugh and Jeannette McKean, both artists themselves, collected a variety of Florida art and objets d'art. This vignette features a fictional gallery installed with a selection of those works, including paintings by Lois Bartlett Tracy, Lucien Harris III, Andre Smith, and the African-American artists now known as "The Highwaymen."
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  • Louis Comfort Tiffany and Laurelton Hall—An Artist’s Country Estate

    November 21, 2006 through May 20, 2007

    More than 100 Tiffany windows, architectural ornaments and other objects from the Morse Museum's collection of works from Tiffany's Long Island estate are being shown alongside works from both private and public collections. The exhibition is organized by the Metropolitan in collaboration with the Morse.
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  • Domestic Treasures—Tiffany Art Glass for the Public

    August 08, 2005 through January 07, 2007

    This display of more than 100 examples of vases, tableware, and mosaic tiles from the studios of Louis Comfort Tiffany is the Morse Museum's most comprehensive exhibition ever of its collection of Tiffany art glass.
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  • Tiffany Church Pulpit and Windows

    March 07, 2006 through September 11, 2006

    A new acquisition, this church pulpit designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany in 1907 for the South Presbyterian Church in Syracuse, New York, is solid oak inlaid with blue, green, and pearl-white glass mosaics. Also on view are two lancet windows from the Tiffany-decorated church.
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  • Carnival Glass from the Morse Collection

    October 05, 2004 through March 03, 2006

    From 1908 to about 1918, mass-produced, pressed-glass objects with brilliantly colored iridescent surfaces were wildly popular throughout the world. This installation features a selection of more than 35 examples from the primary American manufacturers.
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  • The Illuminated Vision—Tiffany Lamps and Lighting

    February 04, 2003 through January 09, 2005

    Louis Comfort Tiffany's unique vision for lighting secured his broadest popularity a hundred years ago and helps continue his celebrity today. The exhibition showcases more than 40 Tiffany lamps, including leaded, blown, and molded glass types, award-winning designs, and personal creations for his country estate.
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  • Sculpting Nature—The Favrile Pottery of L.C. Tiffany

    February 03, 2004 through January 09, 2005

    Marking the 100th anniversary of the introduction of Louis Comfort Tiffany's art pottery, this exhibition illustrates influences and sources of Tiffany's pottery as well as its highly developed sculptural nature. It features 66 examples of Tiffany ceramics, including more than a dozen new acquisitions made with the exhibition in mind.
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  • Three Women of Taste and Style— Their Hats from the 1870s through the 1940s

    October 15, 2002 through September 28, 2003

    This installation showcases 22 hats from the Morse collection that reveal the tastes of three women over the span of some 70 years. The vignette includes bonnets, cloches, and flowery straws bearing labels from Chicago, New York, and Paris-all expressing the best of the milliner's art.
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  • Art Nouveau in Europe and America from the Morse Collection

    February 05, 2002 through January 12, 2003

    From its permanent collection, the Morse presents almost 90 objects representing the bold international decorative arts movement known as Art Nouveau (1890-1910). The exhibition features furniture, architectural ornaments, lamps, jewelry, ceramics, and art glass from more than 25 artists and designers working across nine countries.
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  • Louis Comfort Tiffany—Turn-of-the-Century Photographer

    February 13, 2001 through June 11, 2001

    It is a little-known fact that Louis Comfort Tiffany explored the medium of photography both for its practical benefits and its potential as an art form. This exhibition of 27 photographs from our collection, including such varied subjects as landscapes and boats, is the first known exhibition of Tiffany's photographs.
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  • Scenes from America’s Past— The Sculpture of John Rogers

    November 28, 2000 through May 13, 2001

    In his charming sculptures of daily life, John Rogers (1829–1904) made one of the earliest efforts to fashion a distinct image of Americans. The 31 sculptures on view, draw from literature such as Romeo and Juliet, and experiences such as a young couple's visit to the parson, to show Rogers' broadly popular subject matter.
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