‘Tiffany vs. La Farge: Battle of the Stained Glass Titans’ Webinar

At the turn of the 20th century, the ability to create windows made from flat sheets of opalescent glass was realized — and with this breakthrough, a new market for stained glass was created virtually overnight. Two artists quickly stood out from the rest of the pack — Louis Comfort Tiffany and John La Farge; once on friendly terms, their relationship soured once one accused the other of stealing, leading to a lifelong battle to outdo each other on the artistic battlefield. It’s time to explore one of the greatest artistic rivalries of the 20th century.

Join New York Adventure Club as we uncover the artistic legacies and bitter rivalry of Louis Comfort Tiffany and John La Farge, two pioneering artists who used opalescent glass in stained glass windows to produce incredibly detailed works of art, earning them prestigious commissions throughout the country — many of which can still be seen today.

Led by Sylvia Laudien-Meo — art historian, museum educator, and NYC tour guide — this virtual journey through the stained glass works of Tiffany and La Farge will include:

  • The 101 on opalescent glass, and how technological advances made it possible for use in windows
  • How, and why, a bitter rivalry developed between the two artists, who were once on friendly terms
  • The lives and careers of these two leading artists, from their backgrounds in painting and decorative arts, to their connections to wealthy NYC citizens, to the individuals and organizations that commissioned works from them
  • A closer look at their masterpieces still on view in NYC, which include works inside churches, private clubs, museums collections, and more

Afterward, we’ll have a Q&A with Sylvia — any and all questions about Tiffany and La Farge are welcomed and encouraged!

Can’t make it live? Don’t worry, you’ll have access to the full replay for one week!

See you there, virtually! $10.

*Immediately upon registering, you will receive a separate, automated email containing the link to join this webinar

**For the best possible viewing experience, please ensure you’re using the latest version of your internet browser — Google Chrome is the most compatible. Exact technical requirements and a webinar user guide will be shared in the automated confirmation email upon registration.

***A full replay of the experience will be available to all registered guests for up to a week

About Sylvia

Sylvia Laudien-Meo is a freelance Art Historian who works in and around the city in various capacities, specializing on Modern and Contemporary art, with a strong focus on Public Art. She teaches art history at Fairleigh Dickinson University and has been working as a museum educator at MoMA, the Guggenheim and the Jewish Museum for over many years, engaging visitors in conversation based, interactive art experiences of permanent collections and changing exhibitions.

For the Municipal Art Society, UFT, Brandeis Univ., and private clients, she has been touring the city for over 20 years, exploring art and architecture, parks, neighborhoods and history. Working in various different capacities gives her a unique opportunity to make intriguing connections and weave together the complex perspectives that make out the tapestry of our fascinating city.

SLM holds a Masters Degree in Art History (with minors in History and American Studies) from the Joh. Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, as well as a Tourism degree from the EST in Paris France.











When: Tue., Nov. 24, 2020 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

At the turn of the 20th century, the ability to create windows made from flat sheets of opalescent glass was realized — and with this breakthrough, a new market for stained glass was created virtually overnight. Two artists quickly stood out from the rest of the pack — Louis Comfort Tiffany and John La Farge; once on friendly terms, their relationship soured once one accused the other of stealing, leading to a lifelong battle to outdo each other on the artistic battlefield. It’s time to explore one of the greatest artistic rivalries of the 20th century.

Join New York Adventure Club as we uncover the artistic legacies and bitter rivalry of Louis Comfort Tiffany and John La Farge, two pioneering artists who used opalescent glass in stained glass windows to produce incredibly detailed works of art, earning them prestigious commissions throughout the country — many of which can still be seen today.

Led by Sylvia Laudien-Meo — art historian, museum educator, and NYC tour guide — this virtual journey through the stained glass works of Tiffany and La Farge will include:

  • The 101 on opalescent glass, and how technological advances made it possible for use in windows
  • How, and why, a bitter rivalry developed between the two artists, who were once on friendly terms
  • The lives and careers of these two leading artists, from their backgrounds in painting and decorative arts, to their connections to wealthy NYC citizens, to the individuals and organizations that commissioned works from them
  • A closer look at their masterpieces still on view in NYC, which include works inside churches, private clubs, museums collections, and more

Afterward, we’ll have a Q&A with Sylvia — any and all questions about Tiffany and La Farge are welcomed and encouraged!

Can’t make it live? Don’t worry, you’ll have access to the full replay for one week!

See you there, virtually! $10.

*Immediately upon registering, you will receive a separate, automated email containing the link to join this webinar

**For the best possible viewing experience, please ensure you’re using the latest version of your internet browser — Google Chrome is the most compatible. Exact technical requirements and a webinar user guide will be shared in the automated confirmation email upon registration.

***A full replay of the experience will be available to all registered guests for up to a week

About Sylvia

Sylvia Laudien-Meo is a freelance Art Historian who works in and around the city in various capacities, specializing on Modern and Contemporary art, with a strong focus on Public Art. She teaches art history at Fairleigh Dickinson University and has been working as a museum educator at MoMA, the Guggenheim and the Jewish Museum for over many years, engaging visitors in conversation based, interactive art experiences of permanent collections and changing exhibitions.

For the Municipal Art Society, UFT, Brandeis Univ., and private clients, she has been touring the city for over 20 years, exploring art and architecture, parks, neighborhoods and history. Working in various different capacities gives her a unique opportunity to make intriguing connections and weave together the complex perspectives that make out the tapestry of our fascinating city.

SLM holds a Masters Degree in Art History (with minors in History and American Studies) from the Joh. Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany, as well as a Tourism degree from the EST in Paris France.

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