This dramatically-lit glass stairway, designed by Czech-born architect Eva Jiřičná, provides visitors access to the upper level of the two-tiered Tiffany gallery on the fourth floor of the New-York Historical Society.
By Nancy Novick
The New-York Historical Society on 77th Street and Central Park West has re-opened the museum’s fourth floor exhibit space, which includes a section devoted to women’s history.
- The Center for Women’s History–which includes the Joyce B. Cowin gallery (Saving Washington featured previously on WSR is the inaugural exhibit)
- The Tiffany Gallery, where 100 illuminated glass lamps from the museum’s collection are on display. While traditionally associated with Louis C. Tiffany, glass designer Clara Driscoll and a staff of “Tiffany Girls” were responsible for the design and creation of many of these one-of-a-kind pieces, and
- Highlights of the NY Historical Society’s permanent collection that were not on view during the 4th floor renovation.
- One of the interactive touchscreen panels that illustrates a network of women historians–both those with formal academic training and those who have documented history on other forums, as well as women and groups of women who made history.
- A case displaying allegorical representations of America
- An example of one of the beautiful Tiffany wisteria lamps designed by the “Tiffany Girls” who worked with glass designer Clara Driscoll.
- Noah’s Ark – part of the museum’s permanent collection of historic children’s toys.