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

A Gilded Age Salon: Music from Paris and New York
Thursday, February 5th at 6:30 pm (NEW TIME)
Donald Albrecht, the Museum's Curator of Architecture and Design, will introduce the newly-refurbished exhibition at 6:30pm.  At 7:00pm, the Sylvan Winds chamber ensemble will play music from the Gilded Age, including works by Debussy, Faure, MacDowell, Still, and Lefebvre.

Family Programs

Gilded New York: Jewelry Making
Sunday, February 15 at 7:00 pm
Take a look at the glitter and glamour of the jewelry and clothing worn by New York’s rich and famous in the late 19th century on view in Gilded New York. After visiting the gallery, create a brooch that represents your own personal style.

Gilded New York: Fan Design
Saturday, February 21 at 7:00 pm
Admire the jewelry and clothing worn by New York’s rich and famous in the late 19th century on view in Gilded New York. After visiting the gallery, create a fan using feathers inspired by those you’ve seen in the exhibition.

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    Press

    • "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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    Location

    Tiffany & Co. Foundation Gallery
    Third Floor