Ingo Maurer Exhibit

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I have been excited about the Ingo Maurer lighting exhibit since it hit the Cooper-Hewitts calendar. It is a retrospective of four decades of Maurer’s work (and the man is not even retired yet!). The show includes all of his major works, unseen prototypes, one-off pieces, his commercial line, and videos and photographs documenting his creative process. A quote of his (from a display video) that really struck me went roughly like this: Most lighting designers spend their time trying to come up with ways to cover the light bulb; I am looking for ways to reveal it. Rarely do lamps make it into museum exhibits, but Maurer’s work can hang with the paintings.

Provoking Magic: Lighting of Ingo Maurer on view September 14, 2007-January 27, 2008

Here is a sneak peak from the show:

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This piece hung in the main stairwell of the Cooper Hewitt, leading toward the Provoking Magic Exhibit.

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Porca Miseria is made of shattered dinner plates

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Above are various table lamps from a paper series Maurer produced with Dagmar Mambach. Many of the pieces are still in production and available at unicahome.com

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