Just like your pets, the three peacocks that call the Cathedral Close their home need regular checkups! On Wednesday, April 26, Lorelei Tibbetts and a team from The Center for Avian & Exotic Medicine stopped by to check in on Jim, Harry, and Phil. Everything checked out with our favorite feathered residents, and they are back to patrolling the Close!
We installed The Barberini Tapestries in the style of the 17th century—on the walls at eye level—in order to transform the Chapel of St. James into a Baroque Chapel. On Wednesday, April 19th, we took the transformation a step further by celebrating a Latin Mass with Baroque music in the chapel.
Textile manufacturing, along with pottery and metalwork, is one of the foundational human industries. Clothing appeared somewhere between 100,000 and 500,00 years ago; possible sewing needles have been found dating back 40,000 years. Spinning, weaving, dying and the many other textile techniques spread quickly, though it is impossible to pinpoint the origin of most developments. Trade in cloth was of great importance in the ancient world-the famed Silk Road being one of the major trade routes—and tapestries were in use in Hellenistic times, and perhaps before.
The final days of The Value of Food: Sustaining a Green Planet are also the final days to view student artwork on the Value of Food Youth Art Walls. These two walls, located at the southwest end of the Cathedral ambulatory, have displayed a rotating selection of food-themed artwork by local students throughout the exhibition.
Through April 3rd, visitors can see The Cathedral School fourth graders’ food faces, based on the art of Guiseppe Arcimboldo. Students traced their own profiles, then filled in their features using food motifs.
The Cathedral School's food faces (detail).
On the opposite wall are spring flowers, planters, and shakers made from recycled materials by the after school students at Adults and Children in Trust (ACT). They saved recyclable materials from their daily snacks and repurposed them into a colorful wall of art that illustrates an important theme: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
More information about both of these projects is displayed on the walls alongside the artwork. Catch these beautiful creations before they expire—along with the rest of The Value of Food—on April 3rd.
Here’s the thing: I grew up here in Fort Greene. I grew up here in New York. It’s changed. And why does it take an influx of white New Yorkers in the South Bronx, in Harlem, in Bed Stuy, in Crown Heights, for facilities to get better? –Spike Lee at the Pratt Institute, 2013
The following letter was drafted during a visit to The Value of Food: Sustaining a Green Planet and addresses gentrification in the South Bronx. The author, a junior from The Calhoun School, has allowed us to share it with our readership.
Students from the Calhoun School and De La Salle Academy working on social justice initiatives visited the Cathedral to explore the connections between The Value of Food: Sustaining a Green Planet and their classroom studies.
For the last several years, middle school students from De La Salle Academy have visited the Cathedral as part of their Social Justice and Community Service elective course. For the fall of 2015, their weekly visits centered around the social justice aspects of The Value of Food. Early in the semester, they learned about the history of social justice initiatives at the Cathedral and toured the exhibition. They then dove deeper into the individual works of art, exploring objects and installations that addressed a variety of topics. These explorations led to each student creating their own mini-tour of the exhibition, which focused on 3 works of art. The tours were presented to their classmates in December as a culminating project.
The School at Columbia University included the exhibition in its after school programs, offering a class this fall called Art at the Cathedral: The Value of Food. With students from 3rd to 5th grade enrolled, the class has made multiple visits to the exhibition and is producing artwork that explores themes of health and social justice. One of their first projects of the year was a meal collage, using dried beans, pasta, and other food materials as well as paper and cardboard. In this project, the students were asked what they would serve to someone who was suffering from hunger, and with whom they might share a meal. These collages were installed on the Value of Food Youth Art Walls, located at the southwest end of the Cathedral Ambulatory, for the opening of the exhibition in October. The class will also be showing a culminating exhibition of their work from the fall school term on the Youth Art Walls at the end of January.
In addition to their lovely performances throughout the regular 2015–2016 concert season, The Cathedral Choristers, led by Kent Tritle, Director of Cathedral Music, and Malcolm J. Merriweather, Choral Associate, have recently collaborated with two wonderful groups.
On November 23rd, the Choristers performed at the grand unveiling of the Saks Fifth Avenue Winter Palace, alongside the Oratorio Society of New York. On November 14th, they recorded a breathtaking version of "Silent Night" with the Piano Guys and Plácido Domingo. Each performance is available to watch below.
The Saks Fifth Avenue Winter Palace—
Video available via this link.
"Silent Night" by the Piano Guys and Plácido Domingo—
Be sure to see the Cathedral Choristers perform with he Cathedral Choir, Chorale, and Orchestra this Saturday, the 12th, in the annual Cathedral Christmas Concert!
On November 20th, 2013, in partnership with the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Great Music in a Great Space presented Most Elevating of Voices, the Musical Legacy of Andrew Carnegie: A Transatlantic Celebration, featuring the voices of the Cathedral's massed choirs, the Oratorio Society of New York, the Manhattan School of Music Chamber Choir, and the famed Great Organ. The entirety of the concert is available to watch below, or by clicking this link.
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