MoMA Unpacks Frank Lloyd Wright's Archives in New Exhibit
Frank Lloyd Wright was a radical architect, designer, thinker, and intellectual. He was also a bit of a pack rat. And lucky for us. Because now through October 1, 2017, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York is commemorating the architect’s 150th birthday with a massive new exhibit, Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive.
Wright, a prolific architect who designed more than 1,000 buildings throughout his seven-decade career, preserved most of his drawings. He wanted to create an archive to keep his architectural philosophy alive for posterity. And in 2012, MoMA and the Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library at Columbia University acquired this massive archive from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.
Now at MoMA, there are more than 400 works on display that Wright produced from the 1890s through the 1950s, including architectural drawings, models, paintings, photographs, scrapbooks, building fragments, films, television broadcasts, furniture, tableware, and textiles. Some of the items are being publicly exhibited for the very first time.
Here’s a sneak preview of some of the pieces you can see.