Exhibits, Events Salute Wright's 150th Birthday
A series of special events, exhibits and tours will be held worldwide as celebrations mark the sesquicentennial of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth.
Wright, the architect, designer and iconic figure in the Modernist movement who created some of the nation’s most indelible designs and structures, was born on June 8, 1867.
Wright’s core philosophies—sustainable, eco-friendly spaces, open-concept living—remain basic tenets of architecture.
“Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision put him so far ahead of his time that our technology is only now catching up to his ideas,” said Stuart Graff, President and CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. “We honor his life, not just by looking back on his greatness, but by following his lead and always looking forward to see how his legacy will continue to change how we live and how we build into the future.”
The Foundation is spearheading a yearlong commemoration of Wright’s birth, including $1.50 admission at many of the Wright sites around the country; Wright-centric talks and tours; and 150 hours saluting Wright’s influence in Buffalo, N.Y.
Wisconsin, Wright’s home state, which boasts 41 of the architect’s designed sites, is taking the celebration outside with a 200-mile, self-guided driving tour. It includes a stop at Wright’s 800-acre estate, concerts, workshops and architecture camps.
The Museum of Modern Art in New York is hosting Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive from June 1 until Oct. 12. Approximately 450 works created over Wright’s 60-year career—architectural drawings, models, building fragments and films among them—will be displayed. Some of the works will be available for public viewing for the first time.
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This colored pencll sketch drawn by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1955 is an example of the art that will be on display at the Museum of Modern Art in New York to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Wright's birth.
"Wright was one of the most prolific and renowned architects of the 20th century, a radical designer and intellectual who embraced new technologies and materials, pioneered do-it-yourself construction systems as well as avant-garde experimentation, and advanced original theories with regards to nature, urban planning, and social politics," the museum said on its website. “The exhibition seeks to open up Wright’s work to critical inquiry and debate, and to introduce experts and general audiences alike to new angles and interpretations of this extraordinary architect.”
Time to Explore
Graff said the best way to experience Wright’s work is to explore one of his many iconic designs. Fallingwater, in Mill Run, Pennsylvania; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, in New York City; and the Johnson Wax Headquarters in Racine, Wisconsin, are some of the best-known structures from Wright’s prolific latter-day period.
“Wright’s career is a testament of how much easier it is to do great work when you respect the world around you,” Graff said.