Thomas Wilfred's #lumia
works quickly captured the public imagination. In 1930, Scientific American magazine prophesied that the #Clavilux
, Wilfred's first organ-like instrument, would soon be "superseding the fire-place," claiming a home in living rooms worldwide.
Wilfred gave Clavilux recitals in #newyorkcity
and across the country. The poster on view at left dates from around 1926 and entices the public with promises of #cadenzasofcolor
, and #unexploredsensation
, and describes #Wilfred
as an #artpioneer
whose avant-garde work is "an achievement that will rank among man's greatest." Let Wilfred's Clavilux capture your imagination today! The Gallery is open until 5:00 pm on Sunday.
At right: Unit #86
, from the Clavilux Junior (First Home Clavilux Model) series, 1930. Metal, glass, electrical and lighting elements, and an illustration-board screen in a wood cabinet (top doors open). Carol and Eugene Epstein Collection
To operate this home model, one of sixteen from the Clavilux Junior series, the viewer selects one of a half-dozen or more hand-painted color records, each representing a distinct composition. The selected record determines the palette of projected images, often alternating between warm and cool tones. The shape of the forms in the composition is the product of light rays emanating from a bulb inside the mechanism directly below the upper cabinet, then traveling through a cone lined with reflective material, and finally moving between the screen (a piece of inwardly curved illustration board) and the glass pane that protects the front of the cabinet. As the reflected light passes over this concave surface, it is molded into a #flamelike #parabola
Learn more about the mechanics of lumia by purchasing an exhibition catalogue in the lobby bookstore. Preview the book online at artgallery.yale.edu.
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