The Color of Light, The Treasury of Shadows: Pastels by Louis I. Kahn from the Collections of His Children

Louis I. Kahn's pastel of Temple of Horus at Edfu, Egypt

The Color of Light, The Treasury of Shadows: Pastels by Louis I. Kahn from the Collections of His Children

March 26, 2017 to June 25, 2017

Louis I. Kahn Building

This intimate exhibition presents a selection of pastels dating from a three-month period in 1950-51 when Kahn was Architect in Residence at the American Academy in Rome. While there, he had the opportunity to travel and sketch the great historic monuments and public spaces of Italy, Greece, and Egypt. Away from the daily concerns of his architectural practice, his eye and spirit were free to absorb the essence of these places. In pastels that have been acknowledged as the most sublime examples of his drawing, he captured the vivid colors that light and shadow make as they illuminate the ancient sites.

Special thanks to the children of Louis I. Kahn, Sue Ann Kahn, Alexandra Tyng, and Nathaniel Kahn, for generously lending their works for this exhibition.

Louis I. Kahn, Temple of Horus, Edfu, Egypt, 1951, pastel. Collection of Alexandra Tyng