Americans
National Museum of the American Indian
Washington, DC
Studio Joseph

Anita Jorgensen Lighting Design created a new state of the art lighting system for a 10,000 SF permanent installation at the National Museum of the American Indian. Americans examines the story of Native Americans in the United States through history and pop culture. As reviewed in The New Yorker, the exhibit is “spectacularly installed.” Dozens of historical artifacts are illuminated with an integral LED track system and multiple case lighting approaches to meet strict museum lighting standards and LEED Silver Certification.

  • In the central
    In the central "Nexus", the walls are covered with an intricate metal framework holding printed images, backlit panels, digital
    Photo courtesy Thomas Loof © Smithsonian Institute
  • LED framing projectors precisely illuminated uniquely shaped objects, without allowing light to spill onto adjacent displays. Tr
    LED framing projectors precisely illuminated uniquely shaped objects, without allowing light to spill onto adjacent displays. Tr
    Photo courtesy Thomas Loof © Smithsonian Institute
  • A curving recessed case fully integrated into the wall weaves together historical and contemporary cultural references and guide
    A curving recessed case fully integrated into the wall weaves together historical and contemporary cultural references and guide
    Photo courtesy Thomas Loof © Smithsonian Institute
  • Custom casework was built to protect and display extremely delicate ceremonial regalia.  The garments are illuminated dramatical
    Custom casework was built to protect and display extremely delicate ceremonial regalia. The garments are illuminated dramatical
    Photo courtesy Thomas Loof © Smithsonian Institute
  • Thomas Loof © Smithsonian Institute
    Thomas Loof © Smithsonian Institute