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The publications program at the Gallery plays a vital role in the museum’s mission to encourage appreciation and understanding of art. The Gallery’s exhibition catalogues, annual Bulletin, and monographic titles serve a wide variety of audiences, from casual museum-goers to scholars. 

Note from the Editor

Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light

Now available in the Bookstore, Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light presents a long-overdue reevaluation of the groundbreaking artist Thomas Wilfred (1889–1968), whose unprecedented works prefigured light art in America. An assemblage of electric, mechanical, and reflective elements, the machines that Wilfred invented project compositions of slowly undulating patterns that conjure deep space, the aurora borealis, or even psychedelic light shows. The cover of the catalogue features Lumia Suite, Op. 158, commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 1963. Lumia Suite was a popular favorite during the 16 years it remained on near-continuous view at MoMA. At the time he made the work, Wilfred stated, “It’s as close to perfection as I can get it.” In anticipation of the publication and its accompanying exhibition, conservators from the Gallery and MoMA partnered to bring Lumia Suite back into working order. The cover, back cover, and even endpapers of the book showcase the fruits of this collaborative partnership that restored Wilfred’s best-known work to its original spellbinding effect.

Tiffany Sprague

Director of Publications and Editorial Services

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