The Tiffany & Co. Foundation recently aligned with the Museum of the City of New York through a collaboration on an exhibition called “Gilded New York,“ on display at the Museum’s Tiffany & Co. Foundation Gallery through November 2014. The exhibition brings together the rich past, present, and future of New York City—a culture that Tiffany & Co. has been very much a part of creating.
Established in 2000, The Tiffany & Co. Foundation works to uphold the principle of its founding organization (Tiffany & Co., 1837)—that successful companies are responsible to their community. Today, the Foundation has adopted the stance that the decorative arts “should be guarded through preservation and advanced through innovation.” The Foundation carries out this mission through its many philanthropic programs, including grant provision to nonprofit organizations that work to enhance the environment and the arts. With specific interest in the decorative arts, the Foundation sponsored the creation the Tiffany & Co. Foundation Gallery at the Museum of the City of New York in November 2013 to showcase decorative artworks, and to support initiatives for the advancement of the arts and arts education.
The Foundation’s work with the Museum of the City of New York has allowed visitors and community members to walk alongside the city on its journey to becoming a cultural capital by displaying beautiful objects from the Gilded Age. This collaboration, among other Foundation partnerships, stems from the Foundation’s Excellence in Design initiative. The initiative seeks to propel the decorative arts by promoting arts education and internships in the field as well as supporting the creation of gallery spaces to showcase specific work. In the same way that Tiffany & Co. played a vital role in solidifying New York City’s place as the epicenter for luxury retail businesses, the Tiffany & Co. Foundation is doing its part to ensure that decorative arts, which play such a strong role in the jewelry industry, are preserved for the city’s future.
By partnering with the Museum of the City of New York, the Tiffany & Co. Foundation has not only teamed up with a cultural institution, but with the City of New York itself--bringing to life a rich piece of its history for all to interact with.
Read more about The Tiffany & Co. Foundation’s work with the Museum of the City of New York here.