The Path to Paradise: Judith Schaechter’s Stained-Glass Art

February 16–May 24, 2020
The Path to Paradise is the first survey and major scholarly assessment of this groundbreaking artist’s 37-year career. Organized by the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, the exhibition will be on view in Rochester from February 16 through May 24, 2020, after which it will travel to two additional venues in the United States. Drawn from both private and institutional collections, The Path to Paradise will feature approximately 45 of Judith Schaechter’s stained-glass panels along with a selection of related drawings and process materials.

Judith Schaechter (b. 1961) has stretched the medium of stained glass into a potent and incisive art form for the 21st century, boldly paving her path in the diverse arena of contemporary art. Her work is represented in over a dozen museums including the Museum of Art and Design, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and Toledo Museum of Art, and in major exhibitions around the world. In addition, through her extensive teaching, she has furthered her influence to her peers and younger generations of artists. Her awards include two NEA Visual Artists’ Fellowships, a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship Award, a USA Artists Rockefeller Fellow, and an American Craft Council College of Fellows Award.

shown: Judith Schaechter, The Battle of Carnival and Lent, (detail) 2010-2011. Stained-glass panel, 56 x 56 in. Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, NY, Marion Stratton Gould Fund, Rosemary B. and James C. MacKenzie Fund, Joseph T. Simon Fund, R. T. Miller Fund and Bequest of Clara Trowbridge Wolfard by exchange, and funds from deaccessioning.


Programming

Programming centered on the exhibition will take place throughout the run of the show, including a lecture by Judith Schaechter at the Memorial Art Gallery on opening day, February 16, 2020, at 1 pm. Prior to the opening at MAG, a solo exhibition featuring a selection of Schaechter’s work will be on view at the Claire Oliver Gallery in Harlem, New York for a 6 week period beginning on January 17, 2020.

Talks, Tours and Lectures

Judith Schaechter’s Stained-Glass Art
Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 1 pm | included with museum admission
Listen in on the Opening Day of the exhibition as the artist speaks of her work. Schaechter has stretched the medium of stained glass into a potent and incisive art form for the 21st century, boldly paving her path in the diverse arena of contemporary art.

Breaking Beauty: Judith Schaechter at MAG
Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 7 pm | included with museum admission
Looking at artist Judith Schaechter’s stained-glass panels has been described as a “thrilling and disorienting” experience, like “seeing an old master painting of a car crash.” Join MAG curator Jessica Marten to learn more about the artist’s masterful practice, pioneering spirit, and distinctly American, feminist interventions into the history of contemporary art, craft, and the medium of stained glass.

Curator’s Tour: Judith Schaechter at MAG
Saturday, May 9, 2020 at 2 pm | included with museum admsission
Join MAG curator Jessica Marten for an intimate, last-chance look at MAG’s major exhibition before it leaves for its tour.

Glass Works

Rochester-based quintet fivebyfive is excited to commission four works for The Path to Paradise: Judith Schaechter’s Stained-Glass Art, coming to the Memorial Art Gallery (MAG) in February 2020. Composers Edie Hill, Jung Sun Kang, Andrea Mazzariello, and Jonathan Russell will write pieces for a premiere concert on the opening day of the exhibition. These four composers were chosen for their unique compositional voices that will effectively capture and reflect upon the emotional, color-filled world of Ms. Schaechter’s work. The commissioned works will be completed in the fall of 2019. Following the premiere concert, fivebyfive will include these works on its tour and make a documentary and recording of the project. View all of the concerts and the opportunity to meet the composers. Click here to view a recent performance by fivebyfive.

Especially for Educators

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 | 4:30-7 pm | $15
Discover a groundbreaking contemporary artist in MAG’s exhibition The Path to Paradise: Judith Schaechter’s Stained Glass Art. Artist Chelsea Anderson—a former employee of Rochester’s own historic Pike Stained Glass Studios—will share how stained glass windows are created, and lead a hands-on activity related to this traditional craft that can be used in your classroom. Registration and prepayment required. To sign up, contact Chelsea Anderson at cander35@mag.rochester.edu or 585.276.8971.


Thank you to our sponsors:

Thank you to our Sponsors

Lead support is provided by the Henry Luce Foundation, with additional funding from the Gallery Council of the Memorial Art Gallery, the Rubens Family Foundation, Pamela Miller Ness and Paul Marc Ness, Corning Incorporated Foundation, the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass, James C. and Geraldine Biddle Moore, Charlotte and Raul Herrera, Partners + Napier, and Elizabeth L. Stauderman. The exhibition is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Additional gifts are provided by Marion Swett Robinson, Jim and Marguerite Quinn, the Holmes Family Foundation, and an anonymous donor. The exhibition is also made possible by the Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull Fund, the Grant Holcomb Endowment, the Margaret Davis Friedlich and Alan and Sylvia Davis Memorial Fund, the Irving and Essie Germanow Fund, the Elizabeth and Eric Rennert Family Fund, the Kayser Fund, and the Robert A. and Maureen S. Dobies Endowment Fund.

Organized by the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, the exhibition will be on view in Rochester from February 16–May 24, 2020, after which it will travel to two additional venues in the United States. Read the press release.

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