Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light

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Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light reveals this groundbreaking artist and his spellbinding light compositions for the first time in nearly fifty years. As early as 1919—well before the advent of consumer television and video technology—Wilfred began experimenting with light as his primary artistic medium, developing a new art form of sophisticated kinetic sculptures that project moving images, which he referred to collectively as lumia. Notable artists of his time, such as Jackson Pollock, László Moholy-Nagy, and Katherine Dreier, recognized Wilfred as an innovator. In the intervening years, Wilfred disappeared from the story of American modernism as his works became hard to maintain and consequently relegated to museums’ storage. Presented in their original form, after extensive research and reassembly by conservators at the Yale University Art Gallery and the Museum of Modern Art, the resulting compositions display ever-changing colored forms against a black background, like an aurora borealis emerging from and disappearing into the night sky. Lumia restores this avant-garde artist to his rightful place at the forefront of kinetic and light art.Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light reveals this groundbreaking artist and his spellbinding light compositions for the first time in nearly fifty years. As early as 1919—well before the advent of consumer television and video technology—Wilfred began experimenting with light as his primary artistic medium, developing a new art form of sophisticated kinetic sculptures that project moving images, which he referred to collectively as lumia. Notable artists of his time, such as Jackson Pollock, László Moholy-Nagy, and Katherine Dreier, recognized Wilfred as an innovator. In the intervening years, Wilfred disappeared from the story of American modernism as his works became hard to maintain and consequently relegated to museums’ storage. Presented in their original form, after extensive research and reassembly by conservators at the Yale University Art Gallery and the Museum of Modern Art, the resulting compositions display ever-changing colored forms against a black background, like an aurora borealis emerging from and disappearing into the night sky. Lumia restores this avant-garde artist to his rightful place at the forefront of kinetic and light art.CreditLumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light was organized by the Yale University Art Gallery and made possible by the Terra Foundation for American Art, Mary-Jo and John Amatruda, the David Bermant Foundation, Jerald Dillon Fessenden, the Friends of American Arts at Yale Exhibition and Publication Funds, and the Art Gallery Exhibition and Publication Fund.

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Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light Smithsonian American Art Museum Main address: Smithsonian American Art Museum 8th and G Sts NW DC 20004 Washington, الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية Smithsonian American Art Museum 8th and G Sts NW DC 20004 Washington, الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light reveals this groundbreaking artist and his spellbinding light compositions for the first time in nearly fifty years. As early as 1919—well before the advent of consumer television and video technology—Wilfred began experimenting with light as his primary artistic medium, developing a new art form of sophisticated kinetic sculptures that project moving images, which he referred to collectively as lumia. Notable artists of his time, such as Jackson Pollock, László Moholy-Nagy, and Katherine Dreier, recognized Wilfred as an innovator. In the intervening years, Wilfred disappeared from the story of American modernism as his works became hard to maintain and consequently relegated to museums’ storage. Presented in their original form, after extensive research and reassembly by conservators at the Yale University Art Gallery and the Museum of Modern Art, the resulting compositions display ever-changing colored forms against a black background, like an aurora borealis emerging from and disappearing into the night sky. Lumia restores this avant-garde artist to his rightful place at the forefront of kinetic and light art.Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light reveals this groundbreaking artist and his spellbinding light compositions for the first time in nearly fifty years. As early as 1919—well before the advent of consumer television and video technology—Wilfred began experimenting with light as his primary artistic medium, developing a new art form of sophisticated kinetic sculptures that project moving images, which he referred to collectively as lumia. Notable artists of his time, such as Jackson Pollock, László Moholy-Nagy, and Katherine Dreier, recognized Wilfred as an innovator. In the intervening years, Wilfred disappeared from the story of American modernism as his works became hard to maintain and consequently relegated to museums’ storage. Presented in their original form, after extensive research and reassembly by conservators at the Yale University Art Gallery and the Museum of Modern Art, the resulting compositions display ever-changing colored forms against a black background, like an aurora borealis emerging from and disappearing into the night sky. Lumia restores this avant-garde artist to his rightful place at the forefront of kinetic and light art.CreditLumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light was organized by the Yale University Art Gallery and made possible by the Terra Foundation for American Art, Mary-Jo and John Amatruda, the David Bermant Foundation, Jerald Dillon Fessenden, the Friends of American Arts at Yale Exhibition and Publication Funds, and the Art Gallery Exhibition and Publication Fund. Book tickets