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Richard Kelly retrospective to be held at Yale School of Architecture

17 August 2010 11.00 GMT


(USA) - Yale School of Architecture's Autumn program of free lectures, symposia and panel discussions will include an exhibition and two-day symposium on the pioneering lighting designer Richard Kelly, who was born 100 years ago.

Displaying a selection of drawings and photographs, largely from the Kelly Papers held at Yale’s Manuscripts & Archives collection, the exhibition is a celebration of the 100th birthday of one of the most successful and influential lighting designers in the history of modern architecture. Richard Kelly, who graduated from the Dept. of Architecture of Yale’s Sch. of the Fine Arts in 1944, has more than 300 lighting projects to his credit, among them the Lake Shore Drive Apartments in Chicago and the Seagram Building in New York, both designed by Mies van der Rohe; Philip Johnson’s Four Seasons restaurant; the New York State Theater; the Wiley House, in Westport, Conn.; and Johnson's own Glass House, in New Canaan, Conn.

The symposium, titled 'The Structure of Light: Richard Kelly and the Illumination of Modern Architecture', will present aspects of Kelly’s work in its historical context and examine its legacy in architectural illumination today. Historians and practitioners from Europe, New Zealand and the United States will discuss the roles of artificial light and daylight as “building materials” in modern and contemporary architecture.

The exhibition runs from 23 August - 2 October, with the symposium held on 1-2 October.

http://calendar.yale.edu/

 

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