Show illuminates famed designer’s work

A new exhibition at the Yale School of Architecture celebrates the 100th birthday of one of its most notable alumni, Richard Kelly (1910-1970), one of the most successful and influential lighting designers in the history of modern architecture

Titled “The Structure of Light: Richard Kelly and the Illumination of Modern Architecture,” the show will be on view through Oct. 2.

Kelly graduated from the Department of Architecture of Yale’s School of the Fine Arts in 1944 and 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. He also worked on Philip Johnson’s Four Seasons restaurant, New York State Theater, Wiley House, in Westport, Conn., and Johnson’s own Glass House, in New Canaan, Conn.


The display features a selection of drawings and photographs, largely from the Kelly Papers at Yale’s Manuscripts & Archives collection. Professor Dietrich Neumann of Brown University is the show’s curator.

Neumann has also organized a two-day international symposium on the designer, which will take place at Yale October 1-2. For information, see the Calendar listing.

Exhibitions at the Yale School of Architecture take place in the gallery of Paul Rudolph Hall, 180 York St., and are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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