Scott Rosenfeld Presentation and MadArt Studio Exhibit

Scott Rosenfeld Presentation and MadArt Studio Exhibit
Scott Rosenfeld
“Handcrafted Light: Lighting Design at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Renwick Gallery”

Presenter: Scott Rosenfeld, Lighting Designer for the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC.

Presentation Description

The paradox of museum lighting is that the same spectral energy that allows us to enjoy art may also destroy art. This presentation will discuss how to deal with the conundrum of preserving light sensitive materials as well as provide insight into my design process. For every exhibition I get to figure out what there is to love within an artwork and light that thing so others can see it.; The essential element to this process is mastering the control of each quality of light: intensity, distribution, movement, spectrum and angle of incidence. This presentation will be richly illustrated with examples from Smithsonian exhibitions showing how I employ each quality of light so artworks may be better seen, understood and experienced. Special attention will be given to the utility and limits of common lighting metrics like CRI, TM30 and illuminance.

The presentation will cover the following topics:

While the focus will be on museum lighting, my talk is also equally applicable to other applications such as retail, landscape lighting -- the discussion will even touch on disparate applications like roadway and lighting for autopsies.

    • Show museum lighting techniques employed at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
    • Explain the utility of lighting metrics for creating luminaire specifications as well as Metrologies limits when making aesthetic judgment about the quality of light. 
    • Discuss the relative value of metrics including but not limited to illuminance, luminance, spectral damage function, CRI and the associated TM30 metrics. 
    • Demonstrate how good light, and great art, can create and inspire wonder.

Speaker Bio

Scott Rosenfeld designs lighting for museums. Originally trained as a theatrical lighting designer, since 1997 Scott has worked at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and The Renwick Gallery in Washington D.C. The advent of LED lighting has led Scott to research new possibilities for manipulating the spectrum of light to enhance vision and slow the degradation of light sensitive materials.  Scott has collaborated extensively with the DOE to field test LED products in museum applications. Additional lighting design projects outside Smithsonian include: The Phillips Collection, JP Morgan Chase, Mark Twain House, The Norman Rockwell Museum, and The Walters Art Museum.  Scott frequently lectures about how lighting can allow visitors to better see and appreciate artwork at conferences including, The AIA, IALD, IES, Getty Conservation Institute and LFI. Scott is chair of the IES’s Museum and Art Gallery Committee where he is working on standards and documenting best practices.

This evening event will also allow attendees to enjoy the latest work by artist Jenny Ruffman “Reforestation of the Imagination”. The work “combines traditional glass and bronze sculpture with augmented reality”

(This course is worth 2 CEU/LEUs, 2 AIA LUs)

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$ 55.00
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