MoMA has announced a comprehensive exhibition planned for 2017 that will trace the life and work of Frank Lloyd Wright, coinciding with the 150th anniversary of his birth. The 12-section exhibit “investigates a key object or cluster of objects from the Frank Lloyd Wright Archive, interpreting and contextualizing it, as well as juxtaposing it with other works from the Archive, from MoMA, or from outside collections.”
Liberty Magazine Cover. 1926. Color pencil on paper; courtesy the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives, The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York
“Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive” is composed of architectural drawings, models, building fragments, films, television broadcasts, print media, furniture, tableware, textiles, paintings, photographs, and scrapbooks, and will include rare and never-before-exhibited materials created by the architect between the 1890s and 1950s.
Press conference unveiling The Mile-High Illinois (Chicago, Illinois). Unbuilt Project. 1956; courtesy The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives, The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York
The exhibit is framed around Wright’s most significant works, including Unity Temple (1905–08), the Robie House (1908–10), Fallingwater (1934–37), the Johnson Wax Administration Building (1936–39), and Beth Sholom Synagogue (1953–59).
Model of St. Mark’s-in-the-Bouwerie. Unbuilt project. New York, New York. 1927-31; courtesy The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives, The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York
Another section of the exhibit will focus on the Frank Lloyd Wright Archive, and includes a model of three apartment towers designed in the 1920s for New York’s East Village, which were never built. Other sections include Wright’s international inspirations and his interest in ornamental forms.
The exhibit will run next year, from June to October.