2017 Sacred Sites Open House
Eldridge Street Synagogue: Photo courtesy of EverGreene Architectural Arts (Kiki Smith - Deborah Gans stained-glass window)
“Stained Glass: Windows on this World and the Next”
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May 20 and 21, 2017
Join us for the Conservancy’s 7th Annual Sacred Sites Open House featuring hundreds of historic houses of worship across New York State. This year’s theme, Stained Glass: Windows on this World and the Next will highlight works of American stained glass masters including John LaFarge, Henry Sharp, and Louis Comfort Tiffany, as well as prominent European artists and studios.
We started Open House “season” with a lecture, tour, and reception at Temple Emanu-El in March, have a look at photos from the event here; a conservator-led tour of the stained glass conservation studio at The Metropolitan Museum of Art for the Conservancy’s Professional Circle members in May; a special stained glass-themed digital edition of Common Bond; and the annual Sacred Sites Open House photo contest! Special, pre-booked tours featuring magnificent stained glass and mosaics will be offered throughout New York City, including conservator-led tours of recently restored windows at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and a curator led tour of Tiffany glass at Woodlawn Cemetery. Sacred Sites from Manhattan to Albany, Utica, and Buffalo will offer tours of stained glass windows designed by British Pre-Raphaelite Henry Holiday.
Fortuitously, the Corning Museum of Glass, a co-sponsor of this year’s Open House, is opening the first major exhibition dedicated to Tiffany’s glass mosaics on May 20th. The Corning exhibit includes beautiful, interactive digital photographs of mosaics located in churches, chapels, cemeteries and museums around the state. These mosaics can be viewed in situ around the state via special Sacred Sites Open House tours: from Bath to Binghamton and from Troy to the Bronx.