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Kiki Smith and Deborah Gans

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

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.

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

Guests:

Deborah Gans and Kiki Smith

Comments [3]

Eve Sicular (Isle of Klezbos) from East Village NYC

Very interesting interview. I'm bandleader for Isle of Klezbos, the all-women's klezmer sextet. Here's a video from our performance at the 'opening' of the new stained glass window on 10/10/10, showing a beautiful view of this artwork with late afternoon light shining through (we played by special request of Kiki Smith).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IG2qVJIJxk0

YouTube clip opens with footage of the new window, then also shows other windows at the synagogue during our "Revery in Hijaz" instrumental. There's still some outside scaffold through the glass here.

Enjoy! We were thrilled and inspired by this occasion and of course everything about the setting.

Dec. 01 2010 11:48 PM
ellen mandelbaum from Sunnyside, NY

This is such a exciting event for artists working in the field of stained glass. I'm sure I'll be joined by my colleagues in welcoming this brilliant application of this new technique by such a significant artist. Can't wait to see it.

Dec. 01 2010 09:11 PM
Carlos Pulido from LIC, NY

Having been there when the renovation started, helping clean out the old synagogue, and being a big fan of Kiki's work (and getting the chance to meet her while working on a doc of sculptor Tom Otterness), I am so excited to make it downtown to see her and Deborah's masterpiece!

Dec. 01 2010 12:47 PM

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