Well, I wouldn't be a scholar if I didn't also tell you when one of my hypotheses is disproved. The certificate below (found here) decisively disconfirms my excited hunch that people inside the Benton Room could see the lights of lower Manhattan - its windows are south-facing - which then somehow resonated with the city scenes on the walls facing the windows and even seemed to spark with the energy coursing along the aluminum-painted frames. Sorry folks (well, mainly, sorry fantasizing me), by the time The New School opened its 12th St. building, the 9-story building directly to its south had already been there for 6 years. The Benton room was on the 5th floor: open and shut case. Pity, though.