Artist Talk With Anne Patterson In Conversation At The Cathedral Of St. John The Divine In Harlem

January 2, 2024

 The Cathedral of St. John the Divine welcomes artist Anne Patterson to discuss her artwork Divine Pathways, currently on view at the Cathedral in Harlem, NY.

On Wednesday’s, January 10, 2024, at 6 pm EST at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, located at 1047 Amsterdam Avenue (at 112th Street), in Harlem, NY.

Anne Patterson will be joined in conversation by The Very Reverend Patrick Malloy.  The discussion will be on a variety of topics but will include art through the lens of spirituality and the creative process behind Divine Pathways.

No tickets are required but to RSVP, and for more info on the exhibition, visit

Divine Pathways will be on view through June 2024.

Anne Patterson

Anne Patterson is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Brooklyn. Her body of work consists of paintings, sculptures and large-scale multimedia installations that combine sculpture, architecture, lighting, video, music and scent. Drawing from her background in theater set design she uses these modalities to create an artistic practice, hovering somewhere between the visual, experiential, and immersive.

Patterson’s large-scale installations have filled cathedrals, office buildings, and galleries across the country with miles of fabric, aluminum, copper and brass. She created Graced With Light, an installation inspired by music, as the 2013 Artist-in-Residence at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco. Art for Earth, commissioned by the fashion house Ermenegildo Zegna in 2020, was made of thousands of lengths of fabric repurposed from Zegna fabrics. Her installation Ascendant Light, opened in the winter of 2022 in Capital One Center in VA.

Anne has exhibited widely including solo exhibitions at The Ringling Museum and Alfstad & Contemporary. Her work has been shown at The Trapholt Museum, Denmark; Cristina Grajales, New York; Scope Art Fair, Miami; Aqua Art Fair, Miami; Building Bridges Art Exchange, Los Angeles; Valerie Dillon Gallery, New York; Denise Bibro, New York; Cade Tompkins Projects, Providence, RI; Jessica Hagen Gallery, Newport, RI, and One Twelve Gallery, Atlanta.       

Divine Pathways

Divine Pathways is a stunning, site-specific textile installation created by artist Anne Patterson for the vaulted Nave of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.  The work includes more than 1,100 individual strands of fabric in 75’ lengths totalling nearly 16 miles of fabric.  Each piece of fabric was tied to lengths of rope that were attached to an aluminum truss frame.  The frame is 120’ x 30’ and is suspended approximately 90’ above the floor of the Nave by steel cables that extend through the weep holes in the ceiling. The frame alone weighs 3,500 pounds with the total installation weighing approximately 5,000 pounds.

Divine Pathways was created in concert with communities and organizations from across the Morningside Heights neighborhood Harlem, New York and the Episcopal Diocese of New York. The artist invited community members to literally write themselves into the work by writing their hopes, dreams and prayers onto the ribbons. Though individuals prayers are anonymous and byond the viewer’s sight, their collective presence creates an experience that is both intimate and immense, and that celebrates the collaborative process and community itself.

Over 1,200 prayers, hope and dreams were written on the ribbons before they were installed.

The Cathedral

Over one hundred years ago, the trustees of the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine conceived its mission to be a house of prayer for all people, an instrument of church unity, and a center of intellectual light and leading in the spirit of Jesus Christ.

Today, as the mother church of the Episcopal Diocese of New York and the seat of its bishop, the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine serves the many diverse people of our diocese, city, nation and world through the worship of God; pastoral, educational and community outreach activities; cultural and civic events; international ecumenical initiatives; and the preservation of the great architectural and historic site that is its legacy.

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