Places Made Sacred:
Houses of Worship in Nassau County
February 23 - June 2, 2004
Lowenfeld Exhibition Hall
The Hofstra Museum and the Long Island Studies Institute present the exhibition, Places Made Sacred: Houses of Worship in Nassau County. For eighteen months, photographer Bob Harrison chronicled the houses of worship in Nassau County, New York: 1,400 images of the more than 700 places made sacred. His reasons were trifold: to make an historical record, to satisfy an architectural interest and to demonstrate the religious diversity of Long Island. This exhibition of 18 photographs is a small sampling of Harrison's total collection which is now part of the Long Island Studies Institute at Hofstra University.
The houses of worship presented in the exhibition range from storefront churches and converted movie theaters to grand structures of traditional design to contemporary temples and a mosque. Even this small sample reveals the diversity of architectural styles between and within the various religions. The photographs also reveal what is common to all of the styles: they describe sacred spaces, places sanctified by those who come to worship.