Kiki Smith & Deborah Gans in Conversation at the Museum at Eldridge

Artist Kiki Smith and architect Deborah Gans will be in conversation at the Museum at Eldridge Street tomorrow night, offering a behind the scenes account of the their recent creation of the museum’s beautiful new stained-glass window.  The window is the culminating piece of a 24-year restoration of the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue, a National Historic Landmark. $20 adults, $15 seniors // 6:30pm // 12 Eldridge Street.

Museum at Eldridge Street Crowns Restoration With Stunning Stained-Glass Window

Emotions were running high yesterday in the Museum at Eldridge Street, as the beautiful new stained-glass window designed by artist Kiki Smith and architect Deborah Gans made a formal debut. The permanent installation marks the end of the epic restoration of the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue, after more than two decades.

The Lo-Down List: This Week’s Happenings

Museum at Eldridge - Kiki Smith & Deborah Gans Window Mock Up. The opening celebration is this Sunday.

Our weekly look at upcoming happenings on the Lower East Side.  If you have a neighborhood event you would like us to post, please email us here.

Wednesday, October 6th

  • The Sunshine Cinema’s Rattle & Reel screening for caregivers and their babies is Never Let Me Go. The film has been getting good reviews.  It stars the talented and attractive Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield; it’s based on Kazuo Ishiguro’s (Remains of the Day) bestselling novel of the same name.

Museum at Eldridge Installs Kiki Smith Window

The Museum at Eldridge has been documenting the final stages of the installation of their new stained-glass window by Kiki Smith and Deborah Gans. They will be celebrating the new window (and the culmination of a 24-year, award-winning restoration of the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue, a New York City and National Historic Landmark) on October 10th from 11a-4p. The artwork will take the place of the tablet shaped windows, installed in 1944, seen above.

You can see a slide show and videos on their homepage here.  Their facebook page has lots of photographs, as well. Watch a video of the 300 pound panels being lifted in to place, posted today on YouTube (after the jump).