Open House for Photographers and Artists: A Success!

by Anna Shneyderman, Museum at Eldridge Street Intern

Though I’ve been interning at the Museum for many months now, each time I walk through the sanctuary’s doors at the Eldridge Street Synagogue, my breath is taken away. It’s as if it is my first time entering the space. Light pours in through the stained glass windows and transforms the space as the day progresses, creating beautiful photographic opportunities. There are so many details that deserve to be celebrated: the grooves in the hardwood floors resulting from years of people shokeling (moving back and forth in prayer), the intricate hand-painted designs, the celestial blues in the new east window.

On January 25th, 2015, the Museum hosted its very first Open House for Photographers and Artists, a day where visual artists in the New York community could come in, free of charge, and spend time observing, sketching, and snapping photos of the space.

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Here we have both photographers and visual artists, admiring the modern East window from the women’s gallery.

I was very eager to help plan this event with Deputy Director Amy Stein-Milford, and couldn’t wait to see what the synagogue inspired in others. We reached out to photography and art communities within universities and other circles, inviting them to the event.

We had a great first turn up with more than thirty people joining us for the afternoon. Artists, established and emerging, and of all generations admired the facade and meandered through the historic restored sanctuary as well as the Museum’s permanent exhibit.  They created unique works of art, which they shared with us via social media.

You can see their beautiful photographs and artwork on our Facebook album here. 

Thank you to all of our attendees. And to those photographers and artists who didn’t get a chance to make it to our first Open House, I hope to see you at the next one! We’ll be offering a Photo Day twice a year, in the winter and the summer.

Here are some samples from the day:

The modern East window designed by artist Kiki Smith and architect Deborah Gans. Photo by Raylie Dunkel.

The modern East window designed by artist Kiki Smith and architect Deborah Gans. Photo by Raylie Dunkel.

Made of styrofoam, Sharon Gross recreates the iconic facade.

Made of styrofoam, Sharon Gross recreates the iconic facade.

The historic restored sanctuary. Photo by Erwin Krasnow.

The historic restored sanctuary. Photo by Erwin Krasnow.

A close up of the Victorian lampshade shows its intricate detail, contrasted with the stained glass window in the background. Photo by Teresa Register.

A close up of the Victorian lampshade shows its intricate detail, contrasted with the stained glass window in the background. Photo by Teresa Register.

 

 

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