Review of the Byzantine Exhibit in NYC:
"The special exhibit on Byzantium, which runs until July 4th, is beyond all description and expectation. It is simply superb! If you have any way of going, you should not miss it. There are materials assembled there from many sources, of which the articles from St. Catherine's Monastery (yes, on Mt. Sinai) were the most compelling to me. Unusual articles, too, such as a very "Western" looking chalice from the aforementioned St. Catherine's that was a gift from the King of France (I have forgotten which one). Did you know that there is a mosque within the walls of St. Catherine's? Many, many special things to see; vestments, epitaphia, epitrachelia; icons galore (of course), even some unusual coptic and Armenian items that are just stunning -- their illuminated manuscripts rival anything in the West that I was familiar with.
Just watching and listening to the visitors in the galleries was an experience. People had come from all over to see this exhibit. I heard many languages being spoken, many of which I did not recognize -- and in such a setting, it was reminiscent of the day of Holy Pentecost (Acts of the Holy Apostles, Chapter 2)."
I was wondering if anyone on the east coast would want to make a day trip into NYC to see this?
Niki and I want to go and it might be nice if we could meet up with some of you who live up around there.
Possible? Maybe in conjunction with SummerFest?