Join the Columbia Alumni Association with CAA Arts Access for a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive on Saturday, September 23, 2017.
Frank Lloyd 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. This exhibition celebrates the 150th anniversary of the architect's birth and features works from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archive, which was jointly acquired by the Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University and the Museum of Modern Art in 2012.
Please arrive at 10:30 a.m. to check-in with Columbia University staff. We will meet at MoMA's Education and Research Building at 4 West 54 Street. The group will be divided into two tour groups of 25 people. Our tours are scheduled to begin promptly at 10:50 a.m. and will conclude at 11:50 a.m. Ticket price includes museum admission and guided tour with a MoMA lecturer. Please note all sales are final and non-refundable.
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About the exhibition
Marking the 150th anniversary of the American architect’s birth on June 8, 1867, MoMA presents Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive, a major exhibition that critically engages his multifaceted practice. The exhibition comprises approximately 450 works made from the 1890s through the 1950s, including architectural drawings, models, building fragments, films, television broadcasts, print media, furniture, tableware, textiles, paintings, photographs, and scrapbooks, along with a number of works that have rarely or never been publicly exhibited.
Structured as an anthology rather than a comprehensive, monographic presentation of Wright’s work, the exhibition is divided into 12 sections, each of which investigates a key object or cluster of objects from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives, interpreting and contextualizing it, and juxtaposing it with other works from the Archives, from MoMA, or from outside collections. 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.
Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive is organized by The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University.
Organized by Barry Bergdoll '77CC, '86GSAS, Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art, and the Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University; with Jennifer Gray ‘11GSAPP, Project Research Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art.
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery will also present its exhibition Living in America: Frank Lloyd Wright, Harlem, and Modern Housing, opening on September 9, 2017. The exhibition is presented in correlation with Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive. Visit the gallery site for more information here.