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Louis Comfort Tiffany Exhibition Comes to Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, Florida

by Aoife O’Riordan

Jan 25, 2023

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Beginning Feb. 12, Sarasota’s Marie Selby Botanical Gardens presents Tiffany: The Pursuit of Beauty in Nature as the 2023 installment of its Jean & Alfred Goldstein exhibition series. The exhibit showcases the creativity and innovation of the iconic American artist and designer Louis Comfort Tiffany.

Tiffany

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The presentation will feature a variety of Tiffany’s well-known stained-glass windows and lamps woven into immersive horticultural displays. These original installations will lie in the garden’s famous Tropical Conservatory and throughout the grounds of the 15-acre downtown Sarasota campus.

The exhibition runs through June 25 and sees an array of colors, shapes and textures inspired by Tiffany. More than 1,000 bromeliads will form floral mosaics of stained glass in the landscape, with blooming butterfly plants enhancing outdoor vignettes.

Within the Tropical Conservatory, vibrant and bold begonias, orchids, gesneriads and bromeliads comprise the beautiful displays inspired by Tiffany and his aesthetic. Each installation showcases the influence of nature on Tiffany’s works, from dragonflies and lilyponds to daffodils and wisteria.

Tiffany lamp

© Marie Selby Botanical Gardens

Throughout the exhibition, visitors can view stunning examples of Tiffany’s work in various media in Selby Gardens’ Museum of Botany & the Arts. Here, more than 40 lamps, vases and other objects generously lent from a private collection grace the space to tell the story of Tiffany and his studio. This display also shows how Tiffany revolutionized glassmaking and redefined the American decorative arts at home and abroad.

In addition to these displays and installations, a special event on Feb. 14, 5:30–6:30 p.m. sees Nadia Watts, great-great-granddaughter of Louis Comfort Tiffany, speak with Dr. David Berry, chief museum curator, Selby Gardens. In this session, Watts will discuss her family’s artistic legacy and its influence on her own work in fabrics. Tickets for this specific session can be purchased in advance here for $50 each.

Tickets are $11 for member guests, $26 for adults, $11 for kids aged 5–17, and free for kids aged 4 and under.

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