Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is presenting Tiffany: The Pursuit of Beauty in Nature as the 2023 installment of its Jean & Alfred Goldstein Exhibition Series. The exhibition—an elaborate living art display integrating horticulture and art installed throughout the Gardens—will showcase the creativity and innovation of the American artist and designer Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933). Tiffany: The Pursuit of Beauty in Nature marks the seventh edition of Selby Gardens’ annual Goldstein Exhibition, which examines the work of major artists through the lens of their connections to the natural world. Led by Selby Gardens Chief Museum Curator Dr. David Berry in collaboration with the Gardens’ horticulture team, the presentation will feature an array of Tiffany’s acclaimed stained‐glass windows and lamps and immersive horticultural displays. Original horticulture installations will be located in the Gardens’ world‐famous Tropical Conservatory and throughout the grounds of its 15‐acre Downtown Sarasota campus. More than 1,000 colorful bromeliads will form floral mosaics of “stained glass” in the landscape, and blooming butterfly plants will enhance the outdoor vignettes. Inside the Tropical Conservatory, vibrant orchids, gesneriads, bromeliads, and begonias will enliven stunning displays inspired by Tiffany’s aesthetic. The kaleidoscopic horticultural installations will spotlight Tiffany Studios’ output influenced by nature—from daffodils and wisteria to dragonflies and lilyponds. Outstanding examples of Tiffany’s work in various media will be on view in Selby Gardens’ Museum of Botany & the Arts. Generously lent from a private collection, this remarkable group of over 40 lamps, vases, and other objects will be used to tell the story of Tiffany and his studio, which revolutionized glassmaking and elevated the status of American decorative arts at home and abroad. The exhibition will be open February 12 through June 25, 2023. Open daily from 10 am – 5 pm.
About Marie Selby Botanical Gardens
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens provides 45 acres of bayfront sanctuaries connecting people with air plants of the world, native nature, and our regional history. Established in 1973 by forward‐thinking women of their time, Selby Gardens is composed of the 15‐acre Downtown Sarasota campus and the 30‐ acre Historic Spanish Point campus in the Osprey area of Sarasota County, Florida. The Downtown Sarasota campus on Sarasota Bay is the only botanical garden in the world dedicated to the display and study of epiphytic orchids, bromeliads, gesneriads and ferns, and other tropical plants. There is a significant focus on botany, horticulture, education, historical preservation, and the environment. The Historic Spanish Point campus is located less than 10 miles south along Little Sarasota Bay. One of the largest preserves showcasing native Florida plants that is interpreted for and open to the public, it celebrates an archaeological record that encompasses approximately 5,000 years of Florida history. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens is a Smithsonian Affiliate and is also accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. For more information visit www.selby.org.
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