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Astonishing Brilliance: Art, Light and the Transformation of American Culture

August 3, 2019 - March 15, 2020

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.

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New York State Council on the Arts with the support of
Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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