Frank Lloyd Wright photographed by Pedro E. Guerrero, 1953. All Photos: Courtesy the Museum of Modern Art
June 13, 2017 — Yesterday, the Museum of Modern Art opened a major exhibition on Frank Lloyd Wright. The show is timed to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Wright’s birth, and achieves the monumental task of displaying pieces from Wright’s extensive archive, some of which have rarely or never been seen publicly. One of the great modern architects of the 20th century, Wright was influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement. He balanced urbanism and nature, while championing ornamentation at a time when most of his contemporaries eschewed it. During his lifetime, Wright was a prolific creator. He produced more than 1,000 designs and had approximately 500 of his architectural structures built. Through it all, Wright kept a meticulous archive of his sketches, models, and more. The archive, which, unfortunately, fell victim to fire more than once, was originally used by Wright’s Taliesin Fellowship students, and later by art historians and academics. In 2012, MoMA and Columbia University jointly purchased the collection of approximately 55,000 drawings, 125,000 photographs, and 2,700 manuscripts. Fives years later, this exhibition is the result of their acquisition. Below, take a look at some of the works currently on display.
“Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive” is on view at the Museum of Modern Art through October 1, 2017.
Frank Lloyd Wright, March Balloons, 1955
Frank Lloyd Wright, model of St. Mark’s Tower, 1927–31
Frank Lloyd Wright, perspective drawing of Madison Civic Center, 1938–59
Frank Lloyd Wright, site plan for Galesburg Country Homes, 1946–49