Hildreth Meière’s Art Deco New York Tour
Where: Midtown Manhattan
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About the Event:
Join ADSNY for this special-access walking tour exploring an exceptional collection of 1920s and 30s decorative ornamentation by renowned craftsperson Hildreth Meière. On this newly developed tour, unlike any tour ADSNY has done before, the artist’s granddaughter Hildreth Meière Dunn and cultural historian Sibyl McCormac Groff will get up-close-and-personal with several of the artist’s most recognizable and inspiring commissions.
In St. Bartholomew’s Church, we will see and learn the story of Meière’s designs that beautifully merge the style of early Byzantine mosaics with the unique design principles of Art Deco. We will see how her glittering apse mosaics from 1929 and the stunning domes of the narthex from 1930 create the unique atmosphere of this iconic space. We will also delve into how, almost two decades later, Meière was commissioned to design six clerestory windows in stained glass to advance the vision of St. Bart’s.
The tour will include a stop at St. Thomas Church for a special chance to see the remembrance shrine that Meière designed in 1935. The cabinet will be opened just for us so that we can see how the stunning ornamentation inside reinterpreted medieval prototypes to create a unique Art Deco style.
Stops will also include an opportunity to see the artist’s work in St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the chance to learn about the striking mixed metal and enamel piece created for the façade of the 1932 RKO Center Theatre, the only building in the original Rockefeller Center complex to have been torn down.
Space is very limited for this one-of-a-kind program. Sign up today!
Audio assistance devices will be provided for all attendees.
About the Guides:
Hildreth Meière Dunn, granddaughter of the artist, is the official photographer and Vice President for the International Hildreth Meière Association. She was the principal photographer for the The Art Deco Murals of Hildreth Meière (Andrea Monfried Editions 2014). She is strongly committed to the permanence of the artistic legacy of Hildreth Meière and in the preservation and re-location of decommissioned works.
Sibyl McCormac Groff––a.k.a. The Spirited New Yorker––is an experienced and highly acclaimed licensed New York City tour guide whose expertise includes the architecture, artwork, and history of Rockefeller Center, midtown Manhattan, and New York City. Sibyl coined the expression, Gothamtide, to describe the secular and universal holiday traditions that have historically been associated with New York City and her most recent publication is A New York Christmas Ho-ho-ho at Gothamtide.
To take advantage of our discounted member rate, your ADSNY membership must be valid the date of the event. If your membership expires between the time of event registration and the date of the event, you will be asked to renew your membership or pay the additional fee at the non-member price.
There is a $2.00 processing fee for each ticket to this event. Once you complete the registration form below and press the “Add to Cart” button, you will see a $2.00 per ticket processing fee. This processing fee is labeled “Shipping.”
Jazz Age Order Members: $35.00
- Stops are subject to change depending on unforeseen last minute conflicts at churches, such as funerals. Attendees will be alerted to any modifications as soon as ADSNY becomes aware of them.
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- ADSNY does not permit animals at events unless they are a registered service animal.
- Though the majority of this program will take place outdoors, all ADSNY programs are non-smoking events. Smoking will not be permitted.