Events And Opportunities

Rethinking Frank Lloyd Wright at 150

Featuring 18 architects, critics, architectural historians and conservators, this international symposium—organized by the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy in cooperation with the Museum of Modern Art with major sponsorship support from Morgan Stanley and the Maddalena Group at Morgan Stanley—will highlight new thinking about Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture and its ongoing interest to contemporary architectural history, culture and practice. Sessions ranging from historiography to preservation to critical reception and influence will look backward and forward in time to offer a framework for reassessing the meaning of Wright’s architecture and its broad impact over the past century and a quarter. How have perceptions of his work changed and evolved? How can its effects on contemporaries be better understood? Is his architectural thought still relevant today? And how were Wright’s ideas about preservation different from those at work today? These are just some of the questions to be debated.

“At this major international symposium a varied and highly talented group of architects, architectural historians, critics, and conservationists will sidestep conventional opinion in discussing how thinking about Wright’s work has evolved over the past decades and how—and if—it can continue to shape the course of modern architecture,” says Neil Levine, Emmet Blakeney Gleason Research Professor of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University and chair of the symposium. “Sessions will be devoted to historiography, preservation and influence. A round table of the most significant younger critics writing today will conclude by offering perspectives on where things now stand and what issues may come into play in the future.”

Symposium Committee

Neil Levine, chair
Richard Longstreth
Dietrich Neumann
Jack Quinan


The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1 at The Museum of Modern Art
11 W. 53rd St. (The Ronald S. and Jo Carole Lauder Building entrance)
New York, NY 10019

Symposium Schedule

Wednesday, Sept. 13, 6:30 p.m. – Keynote Address

Barry Bergdoll, Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University; Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, Museum of Modern Art

Thursday, Sept. 14, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Neil Levine
, Emmet Blakeney Gleason Research Professor of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University

Jean-Louis Cohen, Professor, Collège de France, Paris; Sheldon H. Solow Professor in the History of Architecture, New York University

Cammie McAtee, Architectural historian

Jack Quinan, Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, State University of New York at Buffalo

Kathryn Smith, Architectural historian

Richard Longstreth, Professor of American Studies and Director of the Graduate Program in
Historic Preservation, George Washington University

Alice Thomine-Berrada, Senior Curator, Musée d’Orsay, Paris

Daniel Bluestone, Director, Preservation Studies; Professor History of Art and Architecture, Boston University

T. Gunny Harboe, Founder and Principal, Harboe Architects; Vice President, ICOMOS International Scientific Committee on 20th Century Heritage

Ellen Moody, Assistant Projects Conservator, Sculpture Conservation, Museum of Modern Art
Friday, Sept. 15, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Dietrich Neumann, Professor of History of Art and Architecture and Director of Urban Studies,
Brown University

Tim Rohan, Associate Professor of Art History, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Aaron Betsky, President, the School of Architecture at Taliesin

Critics Roundtable, moderated by Michael Kimmelman (New York Times) and featuring Reed Kroloff ( jones | kroloff ), Mark Lamster (Dallas Morning News) and Alexandra Lange (Curbed)

How to Attend

Attendees of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy’s annual conference receive priority reserved seating at the symposium. The rest of the theater is open seating free to the public on a space-available basis. We encourage you to RSVP but admission is not guaranteed.

SAH thanks The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Fund at The Chicago Community Foundation for its operating support.
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