Current Exhibitions

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CincyArtMuseum Hermès raincoat,1968-join our collection in 99'. (Feel free to daydream at work about Springtime on the fairways!) ;) http://t.co/RDNhgIOUSr 1 hour ago via Twitter CincyArtMuseum Photography lecture today @ 3:30 -presented by @UC_DAAP & @briansholis, our Associate Curator of Photography! http://t.co/VbrTDEAWWp 10 hour ago via Twitter
Cincinnati Art Museum April showers bring May flowers, but who says you can’t look fashionable, rain or shine? This Hermès raincoat, circa 1968, was purchased for the museum in 1999. The pop-art-influenced golf ball pattern might have you thinking about springtime on the fairways, but our textile conservator is thinking about the challenges of caring for an object that combines modern materials (a plastic laminate) and traditional materials (a knit wool lining). 1 hour ago via Facebook

Past Exhibitions

Designed to Dazzle Cincinnati Collects Tiffany Jewelry

November 02, 2007 to February 17, 2008

The Cincinnati Art Museum presents a stunning array of approximately 20 pieces designed by America’s most important jewelry house, Tiffany & Co. Known for their superior design, superb craftsmanship, and use of the rarest and most beautiful gemstones, Tiffany & Co. earned its place among the top European jewelry design houses in the late nineteenth century.

Founded in 1837 by Charles Lewis Tiffany and Burnet Young as a fancy goods store, it soon became an internationally heralded jewelry and silver design house. By the late 1860s, it was able to count as its clients both prestigious dignitaries and well-known celebrities, including Queen Victoria of England, the Czar of Russia, the emperor of Brazil, the shah of Persia, Mark Twain, and P.T. Barnum. By the turn of the twentieth century, Tiffany’s designs had won numerous gold medals at the world’s fairs and universal expositions far outreaching its European competitors.

Tiffany & Co. is known for creating a purely American style of jewelry. Early designers, including E.C. Moore, Paulding Farnham, and Louis Comfort Tiffany, determinedly incorporated into their designs uniquely American gemstones, used unusual color combinations, and concentrated on direct inspiration from nature and indigenous American motifs. By the mid-twentieth century, Tiffany & Co. championed the cult of the individual celebrity designer. Jean Schlumberger, Elsa Peretti, Paloma Picasso, John Loring, and world-renowned architect Frank Gehry have each contributed their own distinctly personal vision.

This exhibition features Tiffany jewelry created by many of these renowned designers, including a unique diamond and pearl necklace made for the 1900 Exposition Universelle in Paris. Found in a private Cincinnati collection, it was thought to be lost. Coinciding with Tiffany & Co.’s tenth anniversary in Cincinnati, this exhibition celebrates superb design in jewelry.

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