Kiki Smith and Deborah Gans

Artist Kiki Smith and architect Deborah Gans talk about their stained glass window in the Museum at Eldridge Street. Their new design is the culminating piece of the 20-plus-year restoration of this national historic landmark, an 1887 synagogue. Smith and Gans’s design features a celestial motif – illuminated stars in a swirling pattern that evokes the Big Bang.

Stained-glass window by artist Kiki Smith and architect Deborah Gans in the 1887 Museum at Eldridge Street
Stained-glass window by artist Kiki Smith and architect Deborah Gans in the 1887 Museum at Eldridge Street ( Kate Milford/Courtesy Museum at Eldrige Street. )
Stained-glass window by artist Kiki Smith and architect Deborah Gans in the 1887 Museum at Eldridge Street
Stained-glass window by artist Kiki Smith and architect Deborah Gans in the 1887 Museum at Eldridge Street ( Kate Milford/Courtesy Museum at Eldrige Street. )
Preliminary rendering by artist Kiki Smith and architect Deborah Gans in the 1887 Museum at Eldridge Street
Preliminary rendering by artist Kiki Smith and architect Deborah Gans in the 1887 Museum at Eldridge Street ( Kiki Smith & Deborah Gans/Courtesy Museum at Eldridge Street. )
Stained-glass window by artist Kiki Smith and architect Deborah Gans in the 1887 Museum at Eldridge Street
Stained-glass window by artist Kiki Smith and architect Deborah Gans in the 1887 Museum at Eldridge Street ( Leo Sorel/Courtesy Museum at Eldridge Street. )
The frame, weighing 4,400 pounds, being fabricated.
The frame, weighing 4,400 pounds, being fabricated. ( Art Femenella /Courtesy Museum at Eldrige Street. )
Kiki Smith and Deborah Gans in front of their window in the 1887 Museum at Eldridge Street.
Kiki Smith and Deborah Gans in front of their window in the 1887 Museum at Eldridge Street. ( Leo Sorel/Courtesy Museum at Eldrige Street. )
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