The morning begins with a keynote presentation by Tiffany’s great-grandson, Michael J. Burlingham. His perspective of Tiffany’s legacy is followed by symposium host Geoffrey Baer’s interview with museum founder and collector Richard H. Driehaus, who began acquiring the artist’s work in the late 1970s and is recognized as among the country’s foremost Tiffany collectors.
The program culminates with presentations by leading scholars who will discuss how Tiffany’s legacy relates to the past, present, New York, Chicago, collecting and more. These speakers are Exhibition Curator David A. Hanks; Alice Cooney Frelinghuysen, curator of American decorative arts, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Tim Samuelson, cultural historian for the City of Chicago; and Carolyn Pastel, vice president and senior specialist, 20th century decorative art and design, Christie’s, New York.
“Tiffany’s work in Chicago has been largely unexplored,” said Lise Dube-Scherr, director of the Driehaus Museum. “This symposium delves deeper into that subject and expands people’s appreciation of Tiffany’s legacy.”
The companion book Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection will be available for sale, with Driehaus and Hanks signing copies at 2:30 p.m.
The symposium takes place at The Murphy, 50 E. Erie St. in Chicago. Tickets are $75 for the public; $30 for students with valid I.D. Group ticket rates (10 or more) are available. To purchase tickets, please visit DriehausMuseum.org.
This symposium is sponsored in part by presenting sponsor BMO Harris Bank, with additional support from Christie’s.
About the Driehaus Museum: The Richard H. Driehaus Museum is a rare example of the palatial homes erected by the wealthy of America’s Gilded Age. The galleries are elegantly furnished with fine and decorative arts of the late 19th and early 20th century, presented in harmony with the restored interiors and surviving furnishings of the Samuel M. Nickerson Mansion.
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