Kayli Reneé Rideout

“‘Not built by hands, made by memory and devotion:’ Tiffany’s Confederacy Memorial Windows and the Making of the Lost Cause”

  • Title “‘Not built by hands, made by memory and devotion:’ Tiffany’s Confederacy Memorial Windows and the Making of the Lost Cause”
  • Education BA in Studio Art from Davidson College;
    MA in History of Design and Curatorial Studies from Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum and Parsons School of Design, The New School

Kayli studies American social history through decorative arts and material culture of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Her dissertation is an interdisciplinary project that explores the engagement of American design magnate Louis Comfort Tiffany and his design firm Tiffany Studios with the visual program of the Lost Cause. Recontextualizing Tiffany’s Confederate memorial windows from the Gilded Age to the concurrent Jim Crow era, Kayli’s dissertation promotes a new avenue of both Tiffany and Lost Cause scholarship by exploring the relationship between Tiffany’s brand of memory and the commemorative practices of Confederate organizations. Her work has been published in the Decorative Arts Trust Magazine, the White House History Quarterly, and the Journal of Glass Studies.  

Kayli’s research is supported by grants and awards from the Corning Museum of Glass, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, the Decorative Arts Trust, the Association of Historians of American Art, the Art Glass Forum of New York, the Boston University Graduate Student Organization, and the Boston University Women’s Guild. She is a past participant of the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts Summer Institute (“The Backcountry: The Cotton South and the Lower Southern Piedmont”) and the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute (“The Visual Culture of the Civil War and Its Aftermath”).

Kayli has previously held internships and research fellowships at the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, the New-York Historical Society, the Massachusetts Historical Society, the Nichols House Museum, the Jewish Museum, and the Diplomatic Reception Rooms of the U.S. Department of State. Recently, she was the Tiffany & Co. Foundation Curatorial Intern in American Decorative Arts at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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