“June is busting out all over” with positive gatherings, graduations and loving celebrations. Happy Summer later in the month! Things have certainly been busy and I look forward to a happy relaxing summer. I share tips and insights for your own happiness and relaxation at the end of my blog.
A recent gathering I helped to facilitate was a curated tour of the 17th century Barberini Tapestries at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine. It was co-led by the director of the Textile Conservation Laboratory, Marlene Eidelheit. The Hospitality Committee of United Nations Delegations hosted the event with the direction of Dr. Nassrin Zahedi Iromloo. Dianne Dubler and John Taylor, of Kubaba Bespoke Books, photographed the tapestries and organized the publication of the accompanying book,“Barberini Tapestries: Woven Monuments of Baroque Rome”, also shared their perspectives.
Women from many UN missions joined the tour and were moved by the beauty and subject matter of the tapestries, treasures of the 1600s and one of the first art pieces gifted to the Cathedral. The afternoon showed how beauty and art can uplift all of us into a place of peace and communion with one another. I trust you can experience some of that by my writing and these photos.
In the top photo I am with Racha Lotfi Eloumni of Morocco and others in the Textile Conservation Laboratory . Here I am with Mme. Soad Al-Otaibi of Kuwait.
The 12-panel series was produced for Francesco Barberini, the nephew of Pope Urban VIII. It was installed at the Vatican and the Barberini family palaces before coming to America at the end of the nineteenth century. These heroically scaled panels, in vibrant colors, never forget the intimate and homey details that make the divine human and the past present. The exhibition celebrates the completion of the restoration of the tapestries, which were heavily damaged and nearly destroyed in the Cathedral’s great fire of 2001.
The Cathedral was decorated with flags from many countries in honor of the Memorial Day concert and so we all stood under them and smiled!
It is also filled with many ecumenical works of art for peace and universal aspiration, especially the magnificent Nakashima Altar for Peace. It was consecrated in 1986 by the Very Reverend Dean James Parks Morton – gifted by George Nakashima and Steven C. Rockefeller, the main benefactor. I was humbly present for the ceremony and have since been involved with the Nakashima Foundation for Peace.
I also had the honor of meeting Kerry Kennedy, the President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights at a WIF talk a few weeks ago. Her dedication to peace work and social activism does her father and uncles proud.
“June is busting out all over All over the meadow and the hill” are the wonderful lyrics for Carousel by Rogers and Hammerstein. I sincerely hope that your summer is filled with an abundance of happiness, relaxation, beauty, flowers and peace. This “busting out” of irises is in honor of my daughter whose birthday is the 1st day of June!
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