Tiffany Talk and Tour

February 1, 2020

Experience the Tour. Join the Conversation.

Tour three Atlanta churches to view their stained-glass windows, especially those that were created by Louis C. Tiffany. Learn details of their history and significance in a lecture by Tiffany historian Josh Probert PhD, currently of Salt Lake City, Utah. Join us from 9 AM until 3 PM on February 1, 2020, for a tour of All Saints’ Episcopal Church, North Avenue Presbyterian Church, and First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, with a box lunch midday.

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Tiffany Talk & Tour

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Due to limited parking at each church, suggested methods of travel between North Avenue Presbyterian and First Presbyterian are car pools, Marta (North Avenue station and Arts Center station), Uber and Lyft. Please plan ahead.

Space is limited. 

Josh Probert Ph.D

Josh Probert PhD is a historian specializing in American history and American decorative arts, emphasizing the material culture of religion. A native of central Utah, he attended Brigham Young University and has a master’s degree from the Program in Religion and the Arts at Yale University. At Yale he was awarded the top student prize, the Dominique de Menil Scholar of Religion and the Arts.

In 2014 Josh received his PhD in American history from the University of Delaware in cooperation with the Winterthur Museum. His dissertation, “Gilded Religion in the Age of Tiffany, 1877 – 1932,” was a cultural history of the ecclesiastical furnishings produced by Tiffany Studios, including some in Atlanta.

Josh is currently a fellow at the Maxwell Institute of Religious Scholarship at Brigham Young University and works as a historic interiors consultant to the LDS Church on the renovation of some of the church’s nineteenth-century temples.

Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933)

Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848 – 1933) was an American artist with a prodigious output in multiple media, both as an individual and as president of Tiffany Studios, one of the most prestigious interior furnishing firms in the nation.

Trained originally as a painter, he branched out into the decorative arts early in his career. He believed that differentiating between “fine” and “applied or decorative” arts was artificial, and sought to collapse them into a unity of aesthetic design. Religious commissions accounted for the majority of the firm’s work. Hundreds of artisans worked in cooperation with clergy and donors to create custom woodwork, mosaics, metalwork, and stained glass windows.

His furnishings remain in hundreds of American churches as testaments to a time when good taste was tantamount to Christian virtue and memorial furnishings were popular ways to express class, piety, and sentiment.

Daily Agenda

FEBRUARY 1, 2020

9:00 – 9:30  –  Check-in at All Saints’ Episcopal Church

          9:30 – 11:00 – Dr. Probert lectures at All Saints’

          11:30 – 12:30 – Dr. Probert lectures at North Avenue Pres.

           12:30 – 1:45  –  Lunch is served at North Avenue Pres.

           2:00 – 3:00  –  Dr. Probert lectures at First Presbyterian Church  

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