|Me, Jennifer and Sue in front of a stained glass window |
from Tiffany's Long Island estate (Laurelton Hall)
We met Jennifer and she took us on a quick tour of the Art Nouveau room whose objects will be the subject of her lecture. The room is organized around five themes: the exotic, nature, line, female form, and metamorphosis. I have to admit that I was only half-listening to what she was saying because there was so much to take in. Suffice it to say, though, that there's a lot more to Art Nouveau than its beauty. There's even a link to the suffragette movement (but I won't divulge the connection here -- come to the lecture to find out about it!)
|Chapel interior from 1893 World's Fair|
The Chapel on display in the Museum is all original (with the exception of two benches). When we entered the room, the lights were dim; over time, the room seemed to brighten. My eyesight not being what it once was, I asked the guard if it was my imagination. She laughed and said that the lights are on an eight-minute timer to give people the chance to view the chapel in varying levels of brightness. The lowest lighting level is reflective of how the Chapel was displayed at the World's Fair. It is an amazing exhibit.
Other rooms that have been recreated include the dining room, the reception hall and Tiffany's study. In total, more than 200 items are included in the exhibit, and it gives the viewer a sense of the world in which Tiffany lived.
With that, we were on our way back to Punta Gorda. It was a wonderful outing, and Sue and I agreed that we can't wait to go back. Perhaps a visit during the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival in March is in order. (This annual show boasts over 200 vendors culled from an applicant list five times that number.) For the time being, I am looking forward to learning more about Art Nouveau and the Museum's collection when Jennifer gives her talk in November. Consider yourself officially invited to come and join the fun!