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The Path to Paradise

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.” This catalog accompanies The Path to Paradise: Judith Schaechter’s Stained-Glass Art, the first survey and major scholarly assessment of this groundbreaking artist’s 37-year career.


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Crafting Democracy
Crafting Democracy
Crafting Democracy
Crafting Democracy
Crafting Democracy
Crafting Democracy
Crafting Democracy

Crafting Democracy: Fiber Arts and Activism calls upon craft, during an era of political disruption, as a creative force to voice dissent, express hope, critique the curtailment of civil rights, and to restore dignity to the human experience. The essays and artwork featured in this exhibition catalogue are framed within the context of American democracy and disclose how we, as individuals and as a culture, “craft democracy” and ultimately question what democracy means today.


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Monet’s Waterloo Bridge
Monet’s Waterloo Bridge
Monet’s Waterloo Bridge
Monet’s Waterloo Bridge
Monet’s Waterloo Bridge
Monet’s Waterloo Bridge
Monet’s Waterloo Bridge
Edited By Nancy Norwood

Impressionist master Claude Monet began over forty versions of Waterloo Bridge during his three London sojourns between 1899 and 1901. He viewed his paintings of the landmark bridge both individually and as an ensemble, collectively expressing his sense of the essential subject—the atmosphere and colors of the fog-bound landscape of London’s Thames River. Monet struggled to complete these paintings after his return to France, where he re-worked many of the canvases in his Giverny studio, releasing them for sale over the course of several years.


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The Surreal Visions of Josephine Tota
The Surreal Visions of Josephine Tota
The Surreal Visions of Josephine Tota
The Surreal Visions of Josephine Tota
The Surreal Visions of Josephine Tota
The Surreal Visions of Josephine Tota
The Surreal Visions of Josephine Tota

Josephine Tota (1910 –1996) was a seamstress and amateur artist who lived a conventional life among the Italian immigrant community in Rochester, New York. In her seventies, she spent countless hours painting in the privacy of her home, where she imbued over ninety small jewel-like paintings with the richness of her strange imagination. Tota captured and condensed anxieties accumulated over a lifetime.


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Arthur Singer
Arthur Singer
Arthur Singer
Arthur Singer
Arthur Singer
Arthur Singer
Arthur Singer
Arthur Singer
Arthur Singer
Arthur Singer
Arthur Singer

The idea of painting all species of North American birds began with John James Audubon in the early 1800s. Other wildlife artists soon followed, embracing his passion and focus.  Arthur B. Singer was among one of those artists who perfected the painting skills and technique required to capture, not only the essence of his subjects, but give his art aesthetic appeal based on scientific observation.


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Art for the People: Carl W. Peters and the Rochester WPA Murals
Art for the People: Carl W. Peters and the Rochester WPA Murals
Art for the People: Carl W. Peters and the Rochester WPA Murals
Art for the People: Carl W. Peters and the Rochester WPA Murals
Art for the People: Carl W. Peters and the Rochester WPA Murals

Between 1935 and 1943 the government-funded Federal Art Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) sought to keep artists throughout the country working by creating projects that would benefit the public. In Rochester, the Memorial Art Gallery’s director, Gertrude Herdle Moore, administered the WPA art program, while Isabel Herdle, her sister and the Gallery’s curator, was on the program’s committee. In 1937, Rochester’s WPA art project was called “the most interesting and effective outside of New York City” by the regional director of the Federal Art Project.


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Art for the People: Decorated Stoneware from the Weitsman Collection
Art for the People: Decorated Stoneware from the Weitsman Collection
Art for the People: Decorated Stoneware from the Weitsman Collection
Art for the People: Decorated Stoneware from the Weitsman Collection
Art for the People: Decorated Stoneware from the Weitsman Collection
Art for the People: Decorated Stoneware from the Weitsman Collection

A copiously illustrated and scholarly analysis of the single most important collection of 19th century American decorated stoneware. The book is a careful study of ordinary forms and their humble, utilitarian purposes that became vessels for an expression of a person, of a place, or of an event. What started out as an everyday ware was transformed into a work of art and the decorative designs in cobalt blue afford insight into and reflect life in 19th century America.


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With Fire: Richard Hirsch (Hardcover)
With Fire: Richard Hirsch (Hardcover)
With Fire: Richard Hirsch (Hardcover)
With Fire: Richard Hirsch (Hardcover)

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With Fire: Richard Hirsch (Softcover)
With Fire: Richard Hirsch (Softcover)
With Fire: Richard Hirsch (Softcover)
With Fire: Richard Hirsch (Softcover)

With Fire is the story of ceramic artist Richard Hirsch, and an examination of the work for which he is so widely celebrated. This richly illustrated book presents the life of an artist whose career spans some of the most important developments in the American Clay Movement. Hirsch established a connection with the legendary Raku and Ohi families, whose influence created a lasting pedagogical and creative link to the West that continues today.

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Claude Bragdon and the Beautiful Necessity
Claude Bragdon and the Beautiful Necessity
Claude Bragdon and the Beautiful Necessity
Claude Bragdon and the Beautiful Necessity
Claude Bragdon and the Beautiful Necessity
Claude Bragdon and the Beautiful Necessity

Claude Bragdon (1866-1946) was a first-generation modernist architect, as well as an illustrator, critic, theorist and theater designer. Bragdon practiced architecture in Rochester, New York throughout the Progressive Era. Although his masterpiece, the New York Central Railroad Station, was demolished in the 1960s-70s, the First Universalist Church, the Bevier Memorial Building, the Peterborough Bridge near Toronto, and nearly 100 residences remain today. 


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