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

February 15–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 15 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


Programmming

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.


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, Pamela Miller Ness and Paul Marc Ness, and the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass. The exhibition is also made possible by the Margaret Davis Friedlich and Alan and Sylvia Davis Memorial Fund, the John D. Greene Endowment for Contemporary Exhibitions, the Grant Holcomb Endowment, and the Robert L. and Mary L. Sproull Fund.
The exhibition is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Additional funding has been provided by:
Robert A. and Maureen S. Dobies Endowment Fund
Irving and Essie Germanow Fund
Kayser Fund
Elizabeth and Eric Rennert Family Fund