Art Exhibitions

Art has always had a place in churches. The eye and imagination presenting and interpreting beauty is an act of devotion. Art exhibitions span centuries, celebrating the creativity of 17th century weavers to modern painters and everything in between.

Current Exhibitions

Treasures from the Crypt

Ongoing

NOTE: This exhibition is currently closed due to extensive cleaning and conservation in the Cathedral. We expect it to reopen in Fall 2019.

The Treasury of the Cathedral is comprised of an array of ecclesiastical items given to the Cathedral over the past 125 years. It includes many precious items, ranging from a Mexican chalice from the mid-17thcentury, to a Restoration two-handled cup from 1660, to an alms basin given to the Cathedral by King George V. These rarely-seen objects are part of the physical and spiritual heritage of the Cathedral. They are included in worship services, baptisms, and investitures: sacred events that mark the passage of the liturgical year and moments of great personal and spiritual importance.

The donors of some of the objects on view include members of the royal family of England, as well as the descendants of Peter Stuyvesant, the Dutch director-general of New Netherland from 1647 until 1664 when it was renamed New York. The pieces here tell a story of community: from the origins of the Anglican Church, through the founding of the City of New York, and the chartering of this Cathedral, intended as a house of prayer for all people.

Channels of Grace: Selected Icons from the Cathedral

Ongoing

NOTE: This exhibition is currently closed due to extensive cleaning and conservation in the Cathedral. We expect it to reopen in Fall 2019.

This exhibition from the Cathedral’s permanent collection highlights icons, which reflect the connectedness of the earth, human beings, and God through their materials and style. Since the sixth century A.D., from when the oldest known icons date, a continuum of style has enabled and empowered the icon to serve as a channel of divine grace and conduit for devotion. Like close translations of original texts, icons are based on a primary prototype. Unlike other forms of devotional art, icons are made to adhere as closely as possible to the prototype, from which they derive their power. Centuries of good copying have led to the highly specific, recognizable style associated with icons. Distinct blocks of color, saturated pigments, and gold leaf detailing are among the stylistic elements that make icons pop and shimmer, but their significance transcends beauty.

Previous Exhibitions

The Cathedral has a long history of presenting exhibitions, from meditative to challenging, historical to contemporary. Browse a recent sampling.

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