Inside Frank Lloyd Wright’s MoMA Exhibition

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. 1943 – 59. Model. Painted wood, plastic, glass beads, ink and watercolor on paper, 28 x 62 x 44” (71.1 x 157.5 x 111.8 cm). The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (the Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York)

Coinciding with what would have been Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th birthday, the Museum of Modern Art in New York is hosting a major retrospective exhibition that examines the drawings and models of the legendary American architect. “Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive” features approximately 400 works—including drawings, models, films, furniture, textiles, photos, and building fragments—from Wright’s collection, which was acquired by MoMA and the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library at Columbia University in 2012.

Model of St. Mark’s Tower. Unbuilt project. New York, New York. 1927 – 31. Painted wood. 53 x 16 x 16” (134.6 x 40.6 x 40.6 cm). The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (the Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York)

The retrospective presents drawings and models of some of Wright’s most prolific 20th century works, which were cherry-picked from the archive’s vast sum of 55,000 drawings, 300,000 sheets of correspondence, 125,000 photographs, and 2,700 manuscripts.

Unity Temple, Oak Park, Illinois. 1905 – 08. Perspective from the west. Watercolor and ink on paper, 12 × 25 1/8” (30.5 × 63.8 cm). The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (the Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York)

Organized into 12 unique sections that focus on specific projects or themes in Wright’s work, the exhibition showcases his collective designs as an anthology and explores the changing styles throughout his career, which lasted seven decades until his death in 1959. The retrospective is on view through October 1, 2017.

Ennis House, Los Angeles. 1924 – 25. Perspective from the southwest. Pencil, colored pencil and ink on tracing paper, 20 1/8 x 39 1/8” (51.1 x 99.4 cm). The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (the Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York)

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