The Charles Hosmer - Morse Museum of American Art

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Upcoming Exhibitions

  • Tiffany Lamps and Lighting from the Morse Collection

    Opens October 20, 2015

    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. The Museum’s refreshed installation of lamps and lighting from Tiffany Studios provides a new setting for some particularly treasured designs always on view and room for the return of such jewels from the vault as a magnificent 28-inch hanging Dogwood design shade, after 1900, and a floor lamp, c. 1902, with a leaded-glass Bamboo design shade. The exhibit has been expanded to include lighting examples by other decorative art firms, giving insight into Tiffany’s achievement in a time when the embrace of electricity was fueling innovations in the art of lighting.

  • Focus Exhibition: Tiffany Studios’ Daffodil Reading Lamp

    Opens October 20, 2015

    Louis Comfort Tiffany loved daffodils—a flower that heralds spring and is rich in symbolic meaning. Not only did he cultivate them and plant them prominently at his Long Island country estate, Laurelton Hall, he created his own versions in glass for windows, lamps, and column capitals. From the shape of its base to the decoration of its leaded-glass shade, the Morse Museum’s beautiful Daffodil lamp, c. 1899 to 1905, from Tiffany Studios well rewards a careful and thorough examination. Through objects and explanatory wall panels, this exhibition presents an in-depth study of the lamp, from its inspiration and significance to its design and production.

  • Vignette: Collectible Spoons from the Morse Collection

    Opens February 09, 2016

    In this vignette, the Morse showcases selections from more than 400 spoons collected by the Charles Hosmer Morse and Hugh F. McKean families. Dating from the late 19th century to the early 20th century, they include souvenir, commemorative, and antique spoons in a fascinating variety of designs. These objects were treasured by the Morses and McKeans for the same reasons spoons have been so avidly collected over the past three centuries—for their availability, affordability, charm, and memories.

  • Tiffany Art Glass from the Morse Collection

    Opens February 09, 2016

    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 his blown glass, introduced to the public in 1893, Louis Comfort Tiffany turned to sources that included antiquity, horticulture, rocks, the flow of lava, and, most of all, his powerful imagination. Through exploitation of chemistry, mechanics, and the logistics of production, he transformed his ideas into objects of astonishing variety, originality, and beauty. In this new installation, the Morse presents examples of Tiffany art glass that richly illustrate the artist’s mastery of this medium.