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Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive

The Museum of Modern Art, New York City
June 12–October 1, 2017

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, 1955–61. Stained-glass design by Eugene Masselink. Pastel and pencil on paper, 24.25" × 48.25".

Image: Courtesy Museum of Modern Art, New York City

In honor of the 150th anniversary of the American architect’s birth, MoMA is staging an anthological, 12-section exhibition that will delve into objects from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives. More than 400 items from the 1890s through the 1950s — from drawings and building fragments to paintings and scrapbooks, some of which have never been publicly exhibited — will be contextualized to showcase the many aspects of his practice. Wright himself made this retrospective possible by meticulously archiving his life’s works. A designer who embraced new technologies and do-it-yourself construction systems, he was one of the most prolific architects of the 20th century. The museum will mine its own collection as well as others from around the globe to assess the Wisconsin-born pioneer’s legacy.

American System-Built (Ready-Cut) Houses. Project, 1915–17. Model options. Lithograph, 11" × 8.5"

Image: Courtesy Museum of Modern Art, New York City