On Saturday, February 13, the Des Moines Art Center will open "The Path to Paradise: Judith Schaechter’s Stained-Glass Art." Organized by the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, the exhibition will be on view in the Anna K. Meredith Gallery through May 23, 2021. The Art Center’s presentation of the exhibition is overseen by Curatorial Manager Laura Burkhalter.
"The Path to Paradise: Judith Schaechter’s Stained-Glass Art" is the first survey and major scholarly assessment of this groundbreaking artist's 37-year career. From her start in the 1980s, Judith Schaechter (b. 1961) has stretched the medium of stained glass into an incisive art form for the twenty-first century, boldly paving her path in the diverse arena of contemporary art. With deep respect for history, a provocative rebelliousness and a feminist sensibility, Schaechter has aptly been called a “post-punk stained-glass sorceress.” Her meticulous and awe-inspiring stained-glass panels are intentional seductions, alternative visions of beauty and radical statements of female experience.
“I have been an admirer of Judith’s work for many years and I’m thrilled that the Art Center is part of this exhibition’s tour, and the community can see this beautiful — and often surprising — art in person,” Burkhalter said.
The exhibition is drawn from both private and institutional collections and will feature approximately 45 of Schaechter’s stained-glass panels along with a selection of related drawings and process materials.
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Judith Schaechter (American, born 1961)
The Battle of Carnival and Lent, 2010-2011
Overall: 56 × 56 in. (142.2 × 142.2 cm.)
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 2015.39