Astonishing Brilliance: Art, Light and the Transformation of American Culture
Sun, moon, gas, candle, or electric - light plays an integral role in how we see and perceive our world. Beginning in the 1800s, lighting technologies dramatically transformed the United States from a deeply shadowed era of candles to one of glittering electrical lighting. Discover rarely seen decorative arts, paintings, and works on paper gathered from the museum’s collection. They convey how innovations, discoveries, and inventions in art and science profoundly altered American culture, lifestyles, and perception.