Churches and stained glass have a strong association. But do we really know why? Why is that particular art form so common in houses of worship? If you are going to be in New York, you should make time for an excellent exhibit that provides both visual and verbal answers to these — and other — questions.
Appearing at the American Bible Society's gallery through Feb. 16, 1999, "Glory in Glass" focuses on the American tradition of stained glass.
It features seven churches from around the country with windows representing different periods and styles of glass design and construction. They range from a rare surviving example of quarry glazing to opulent opalescent windows by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Along with windows, the exhibit includes photographs and other artifacts, as well as helpful explanations.
On the practical side, two displays detail techniques of fabrication and restoration. There are fascinating stories of incorporating windows saved from destroyed buildings into newer construction.
For those who can't attend the exhibit, a 200-page catalog works well as a stand-alone publication. Packed with informative essays, it covers the same material as the exhibit and is illustrated with black and white photographs. The catalog is $24.95; call (800) 322-4253 to order.
The exhibit is free. For more information, contact the gallery at the Bible society, 1865 Broadway, New York, NY 10023; telephone (212) 408-1236; fax (212) 408-1456; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘Hear’ Brussats' book
Regular readers of this page take note: Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat's wonderful book Spiritual Literacy: Reading the Sacred in Everyday Life is now available on audiotape from Simon & Schuster. The two-tape set, with professional readers, is available in bookstores for $18. Use it as a guide for finding the sacred wherever you are. Give it for Christmas to help others on their way.
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