The New-York Historical Society has announced its plan to turn the fourth floor of the Henry Luce III Center for the Study of American Culture on Central Park West into a permanent collection on women's history and scholarship. The center will be the first of its kind in a U.S. museum. The Historical Society is moving forward with a design by Czech architect Eva Jiřičná for a glass gallery where a collection of Tiffany lamps, discovered to be the work of Clara Driscoll and the "Tiffany Girls," will be on display. It will be Jiřičná's first major New York City project and is slated to open in 2017.
In the fourth-floor gallery, dozens of the gorgeous stained glass lampshades will be on display alongside a "Design-A-Lamp" interactive where visitors will choose glass for the well-known "Tiffany Girls"-designed Dragonfly shade and see results via a 3D illuminated model. The center will also include a digital interactive wall called "Women's Voices" that will, according to a press release, "explore and contemplate women's actions." The remainder of the fourth floor will house the society's permanent collections. The West Gallery will have a chronological timeline of objects and media that span from the 1600's to present day and will explore themes like health and faith. The South Gallery will showcase relics and modern day curiosities that link to and were inspired by prominent people and events in American history.
Researched and written by Angely Mercado.
· New-York Historical Society to Open Women's History Center [NYT]
· All New-York Historical Society coverage [Curbed]