Gilded New York: Ongoing

Explore the visual culture of elite New York in the late-19th and early- 20th centuries.

Inaugurating the Museum’s Tiffany & Co. Foundation Gallery, Gilded New York explores the city’s visual culture at the end of the 19th century, when its elite class flaunted their money as never before. In New York, this era was marked by the sudden rise of industrial and corporate wealth, amassed by such titans as Cornelius Vanderbilt and Jay Gould, who expressed their high status through extravagant fashions, architecture, and interior design. The exhibition presents a lavish display of some 100 works, including costumes, jewelry, portraits, and decorative objects, all created between the mid-1870s and the early 20th century. The dazzling works in the exhibition will illuminate an era when members of the new American aristocracy often displayed their wealth in storied balls in Fifth Avenue mansions and hotels. It was a time when New York became the nation’s corporate headquarters and a popular Ladies’ Mile of luxury retail establishments and cultural institutions helped launch the city to global prominence.

Public Programs

Mary Lawrence, a New York Sculptor and her Fellow Artists in the Gilded Age
Thursday, April 16 at 6:30 pm
Join author Mary Tonetti Dorra for an illustrated talk about her namesake grandmother, Mary Lawrence Tonetti, one of America's very few successful female sculptors during the Gilded Age.

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    • "How the Original 1 Percent Showed Off: 'Gilded New York' and 'Beauty's Legacy,' Two Lifestyle Shows," The New York Times
    • "New Book, Gilded New York Coincides with MCNY Exhibit," WWD
    • "Gilded Gotham," Gotham Magazine

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    Tiffany & Co. Foundation Gallery
    Third Floor