It's still a work in progress, but the world-watched Tiffany Chapel installation in the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art will open this weekend, as planned. Too much has been written in anticipation of the conservation project to consider a postponement, says publicist Nancy Long, so the museum is proceeding in the spirit of the founders, the late Jeannette and Hugh McKean, by turning the incompletion into an opportunity to educate.
Viewers will see evidence of the intricate infrastructure that's challenged designers, engineers and scholars involved in the restoration of the interior of the chapel that Louis Comfort Tiffany designed for the 1893 Columbian Exposition. The chapel spectacularly showcases Tiffany's mosaic and stained-glass work, rich in color and historical significance. The chapel space is incorporated in a $3 million, 8,000-square-foot expansion.