Friday, August 13, 2010

VMFA's Tiffany Exhibit estimates about "25,000 in attendance…"

…and that was two weeks ago, before they expected a spike in attendance prior to the exhibit's closing this Sunday, August 15.
How lucky for Richmond – credit to the VMFA, of course - to have hosted such a fabulous, breathtaking, eye-opening exhibit at the newly-expanded and twice bigger, amply more accessible VMFA! "It’s Your Art," they keep saying, and the Tiffany Exhibit was, indeed, Richmond’s tourist beacon over the summer, accessible to the world! How little we knew about the breadth and depth of Louis Comfort Tiffany and how enlightened we are by this wonderful exhibit.
Maury Place was one among many host sites for visitors coming to Richmond by plane, train, and automobile, expressly to see the Tiffany Exhibit. And not one guest was displeased, disappointed, or disenchanted. It was a smash hit by all accounts. And so were all of us associated with it.
Bad news: it will be gone, and too soon, but the good news is there will remain several major Tiffany objects in this exhibit that came from the VMFA’s own permanent collection - Tiffany’s "Lava" bowl; the "Cobweb" and "Dragonfly" table lamps; a mosaic sample, the "pair of candlesticks," the "dressing table mirror with peacock feather decoration," an inkwell, a covered box, a bronze and glass candlestick, the famous "Punch bowl with three ladles" shown at the Paris Expedition in 1900, and last but not least, a tea screen. In all, some 14 major Tiffany objects will be returned not to Montreal, not to New York, not to Paris, but to a gallery down the hall at the VMFA.

Mac Pence and Jeff Wells
your Richmond Virginia Bed and Breakfast Innkeepers at Maury Place at Monument