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Yale exhibition on pioneer of architectural lighting

In 1977, the world lost one of lighting’s true pioneers, Richard Kelly.

His early career was a struggle, because ‘architectural lighting’, as a discipline, was not something that people understood, nor were willing to pay for. His perseverance paid off in time, however, and he went on to work alongside some of the leading names in 20th Century American architecture, including Philip Johnson and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

During his prolific career, he worked on some iconic projects, particularly in New York where he was based, including the David H. Koch Theater (formerly the New York State Theater), and the Seagram Building.

The exhibition currently on view at Yale School of Architecture Gallery is entitled “The Structure of Light: Richard Kelly and the Illumination of Modern Architecture”. It features Kelly’s work center stage, and is placed in context with the addition of two other sections, entitled “The Rise of Architectural Illumination” and “Architectural Lighting Today”.

It runs from August 23 until October 2, 2010, and further details can be found at: http://calendar.yale.edu/cal/opa/day/20100914/Exhibitions_ArtsAndArchitecture/CAL-2c9cb3cd-29d2d486-012a-48185311-00000f5cbedework@yale.edu/20100914T130000Z. Admission is free.

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