The Interchurch Center Permanent Art Collection are found around the main floor.
Artist Featured in Exhibition
Nativity in Nature
This Tapestry illustrates how Christ came into the world as holy spirit and light and love as by a miracle. Nature in it's heavy dark mystery is penetrated from above by heavenly blessing accompanying the spirit of love.
Israel Levitan of New York
A 35 by 45 foot plaster ceiling by modern sculptor Israel Levitan of New York, is featured in the Narthex. Over 1000 lucite tubes give the effect of a canopy of stars.
The quotation from the writings of Confucious, "Within The Four Seas, All Men Are Brothers" was the stimulus for creating the sculpture, AXIOM ONE.
This work, a direct carving in Tennessee marble by Ruth Nickerson is now at The Interchurch Center.
AXIOM ONE states in the simplest sculptural terms the fact that all men evolve from the same elemental forces. This is symbolized by the abstracted female forms of the central figure from which highly simplified heads of four of the races of man are emerging. Each race has its own characteristics and its own direction differing from the others but solidly bound together by their common origin. Since this seems to the sculptor the basic premise of human existence, AXIOM ONE was chosen as the title.
Toshiko Takaezu was born in Pepekeo, Hawaii of Japanese parents. She studied art at the Honolulu School of Art and at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan with Maija Grotell. Of her years working with Grotell she said, "Hawaii was where I learned technique; Cranbrook was where I found myself." craft and nature are melded under Ms. Takaezu's deft touch.
As a teacher, Ms. Takaezu has influenced and taught hundreds of students over the years. From 1954 to 1964, she was the head of the ceramics department of the Cleveland Institute of Art, where she developed her educational philosophy. "It is important for students to find out who they are and what they want to do, rather than just to make something well, " she said.
Toshiko has exhibited all over the world. A partial listing of her collections includes Syracuse University, Detroit Institute of Art, Newark Museum, Smithsonian Institution and the Museum of Contemporary Crafts.
This piece is of her "Moon Series" of the 70's and 80's. This series focused on the round or ovoid female symbol, which occurs in many cultures. Some are textured with lines traced by her fingers as the clay revolved on the wheel. Others were glazed with broad, loose brushstrokes. The artist presented the sculpture to The Interchurch Center in 2007.
Above the altar table of teak wood hangs a gilded stylized Chi Rho, the ancient Greek symbol for the Christ, combining the first two letters of the Greek word Christos.