July 2–September 26, 2021
Electrifying Design: A Century of Lighting celebrates lighting devices—innovative, practical, delightful, and fun. Over the past one hundred years, the field of lighting design has been a catalyst for technological and artistic expression.
This exhibition examines lighting as a transforming force in daily life and in major design movements. From the first electric light in the early 1800s to energy-efficient bulbs in the twenty-first century, lighting technology has fascinated engineers, scientists, architects, and designers worldwide.
Rare and limited-production examples by the world’s leading designers are presented in three sections, organized by theme. “Typologies” focuses on different types of lighting, from desk lamps to chandeliers; “The Bulb” addresses the importance and design of the lightbulb, from basic to whimsical; and “Quality of Light” considers the manipulation of light effects, including reflection, diffusion, and light-filled sculpture.
Amplifying the works on view are large-scale immersive experiences. Among the designers represented are Achille Castiglioni, Christian Dell, DRIFT, Poul Henningsen, Ingo Maurer, Verner Panton, Gaetano Pesce, Gino Sarfatti, Ettore Sottsass, and Wilhelm Wagenfeld.
Exhibition catalogue available for purchase at the Museum Shop and at museumshop.high.org. Members receive 10% off Shop purchases.