With “Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive”, The Museum of Modern Art presents a major exhibition that critically engages the multifaceted practice of Frank Lloyd Wright (1867–1959), one of the most prolific and renowned architects of the 20th century. A radical designer and intellectual, Wright embraced new technologies and materials, pioneered do-it-yourself construction systems and avant-garde experimentation, and advanced original theories with regards to nature, urban planning, and social politics.
“Unpacking the Archive” refers to the monumental task of moving 55,000 drawings, 300,000 sheets of correspondence, 125,000 photographs, and 2,700 manuscripts, as well as models, films, building fragments, and other materials. It also refers to the work of interpretation and the close examination of projects that in some cases have re ceived little attention. For this exhibition, a group of scholars and a museum conservator were invited to “unpack” – contextualize, ask questions about, and otherwise explore – an object or cluster of objects of their choosing.
until 1 October 2017
Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive
Floor Three, Exhibition Galleries, New York