Best Of 2019

Best Town for Tiffany Glass: "Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection" at the Taft Museum of Art

Tiffany glass was manufactured in New York, but lately Cincinnati has been the place to oooh and ahhh over the studios’ painterly lamps, vases and windows. When Louis Comfort Tiffany: Treasures from the Driehaus Collection opened last February at the Taft Museum of Art, it was the city’s fourth Tiffany exhibit in seven years. And it came barely six months after the closing of Tiffany Glass: Painting with Color and Light at the Cincinnati Art Museum. The Taft was the first stop on a nationwide tour of 60-plus pieces from Chicago’s Driehaus Museum that had never before been displayed outside the Windy City. In addition to seven landscape windows, 16 lamps and 24 blown-glass vases, the exhibit included candlesticks, andirons, inkwells and a chair. Both recent shows built upon the enthusiasm of the Cincinnati Art Museum’s 2011 purchase and conservation of four ecclesiastical Tiffany windows saved from the former St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church in Avondale. Those are now on permanent display in the museum’s Great Hall. While another Tiffany tour isn’t on the current lineup at either museum, local organizers do recognize the brand’s allure. “It’s Tiffany!” Amy Dehan, the CAM’s curator of decorative arts and design, exclaimed a year ago. “Who can’t have enough?” Taft Museum of Art, 316 Pike St., Downtown, taftmuseum.org; Cincinnati Art Museum, 953 Eden Park Drive, Mount Adams, cincinnatiartmuseum.org.