Caught in a Flood

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Object Name: 
Stained Glass
Caught in a Flood
Accession Number: 
Overall H: 61 cm, W: 112.5 cm
On Display
Web Description: 
Until the 20th century, stained glass was used primarily for windows, usually in religious contexts. The tremendous public interest in stained glass during the early 1900s encouraged designers such as Louis Comfort Tiffany to expand its customary uses. In the late 1960s, a revival of American stained glass was sparked by renewed interest in the Art Nouveau style. Many artists began to experiment with two-dimensional glass. By the 1980s, the making of flat glass panels was no longer tied to architecture or to conventional materials. Judith Schaechter (b. 1961) uses the traditional stained glass techniques of cutting, staining, and layering for her narrative images. Her contemporary and sometimes disturbing subjects reflect events that, through the news media, have become commonplace in our lives, such as domestic violence and natural disasters. Schaechter’s Punk/Gothic style recalls the anxious yet beautiful figures of medieval art, as well as modern German Expressionist painting.
Snyderman Gallery, Source
Primary Description: 
Stained Glass, “Caught in a Flood.” Colored glass; cut, sandblasted, engraved, painted; assembled with copper foil. Horizontal format triptych comprised of two small vertical side panels flanking large center panel (almost square); overall polychrome scene of parts of six figures caught in turbulent blue-green water; two figures in left panel are plated over with colorless glass, whole figure dressed in amethyst shirt in right panel sits on painted wooden raft fragment, parts of tree branch extend from waves; deep wooden frame partially covered in gold foil; traced through enamel in lower right corner of central panel: "(copyright symbol) c/J.S. 1990".
Judith Schaechter: Heart Attacks
Institute of Contemporary Art 1995-02-03 through 1995-04-16
Renwick Gallery 1990-10 through 1991-01
Contemporary Glass Sculptures and Panels: Selections from the Corning Museum of Glass (2008) illustrated, p. 23, 126-127 (fig. 37, plate 39); BIB# 107478
Extra Virgin: The Stained Glass of Judith Schaechter (2006) illustrated, p. 47; BIB# 97786
Judith Schaechter : Heart Attacks (1995) p. 18; BIB# 36150
Recent Important Acquisitions, 34 (1992) illustrated, p. 152, #61; BIB# AI30154
Treasures from The Corning Museum of Glass (1992) illustrated, p. 142, #147; BIB# 35679
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 1991 (1992) p. 10;
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 1991 (1992) p. 10;
New Glass Review, 12 (1990) p. 26, pl. 83;
Caught in a Flood (1990) illustrated BIB# 106278