Join curators and scholars at The Museum of Modern Art on June 2 for a one-of-a-kind, daylong preview of Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive
, a major exhibition on one of the most prolific and renowned architects of the 20th
century. The exhibition, which opens to the public on June 12, marks the 150th
anniversary of the American architect’s birth and the fifth anniversary of the transfer of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives to the joint stewardship of MoMA and the Avery Architecture and Fine Arts Library at Columbia University. Co-curators Barry Bergdoll
(MoMA and Columbia University) and Jennifer Gray
(MoMA) will lead a tour of the exhibition, which comprises approximately 450 works from the 1890s through the 1950s, including architectural drawings, models, building fragments, films, television broadcasts, print media, furniture, tableware, textiles, paintings, photographs, and scrapbooks, as well as a number of works that have rarely or never been publicly exhibited.
Frank Lloyd Wright at 150 is structured as an anthology and divided into 12 sections, each of which investigates a key object or group of objects from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives. SAH members will hear from Mabel O. Wilson (Columbia University), Ken Tadashi Oshima (University of Washington), and Juliet Kinchin (MoMA) as they unpack objects and share critical insights on Wright’s work. Wilson will examine Wright’s proposed design for a Rosenwald School for African American children, Oshima will explore a rare photo album of the Imperial Hotel, and Kinchin will investigate Wright’s design for an experimental farm.
Study Day participants will be among the first to use the newly extended Bauhaus staircase in the Museum's original 1939 building, where a long-missing connection between the ground floor and second floor galleries has been re-established by architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro and is among the first stages of MoMA's expansion and renovation, scheduled to open fully in 2019.