Malkin Lecture: When Iridescence Met Incandescence

When Iridescence Met Incandescence:
Thomas Edison and Louis Comfort Tiffany

Thomas Edison and Louis Comfort Tiffany—innovators, inventors, entrepreneurs, autodidacts, visionaries, and friends—both loomed large in Gilded Age America. They worked together on the design of the old Lyceum Theatre on Fourth Avenue, the first theater in the world to be fully electrically lit. Their meeting also gave the world the Tiffany lamp. Both men worked on the Seventh Regiment Armory, although at separate times; Tiffany as designer of two rooms in 1880 and later Edison’s company provided electricity to the building in 1897. Join historian Francis Morrone for an illustrated talk on these two creative titans whose backgrounds could not be more dissimilar but whose parallel paths yet converged and lit up the world around them.

Francis Morrone is an architectural historian and a writer, author of eleven books, including Guide to New York City Urban Landscapes (W.W. Norton, 2013) and, with Henry Hope Reed, The New York Public Library: The Architecture and Decoration of the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building (W.W. Norton, 2011), as well as architectural guidebooks to Philadelphia and Brooklyn. He was for six and a half years an art and architecture critic for The New York Sun, and his writings appear in many publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, New York Daily News, The New Criterion, and Humanities.

Image: Courtesy of George Eastman House, International Museum of Photography and Film


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