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Although Frank Lloyd Wright died there more than half a century (his 150th birthday was June 8), he remains the most famous architect in the world. It’s easy to see why when you explore the new exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art, “Frank Lloyd Wright 150: Unzip the File.”
The huge show features nearly 400 American masterpieces, ranging from drawings, models, furniture and printed media to dishes and buildings. It was triggered by the Herculean task of opening more than 55,000 drawings from the archive, 125,000 photos, and much more Taliesin West at MoMA.
But much more than that, describes the conservative Barry Bergdoll, who is entering new voices to review the work and impact of the most impressive architects. Bergdoll invited more than a dozen scientists and curators to unpack (the title of the show – a double meaning) various themes around the work of Wright. What they found reveals that the archives, as Bergdoll said, continue to “develop new experiences” and will continue to do so for generations.
Greek Orthodox Church Annunciation, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, 1955-1961, pastel and pencil on paper, by Frank Lloyd Wright. Design of stained glass Eugene Masselink
Revelation happens regularly as you explore the 12 divided sections of the show – focusing on drawings and abstract representations of photographs – their well-documented embellishments experiences, structure and construction systems to their relatively unknown research urban planning and agriculture. Other galleries affect the landscape, the Nakoma Golf Club, inspired by Native Americans, near Madison, Wicsonsin, and its Chicago-mile-stone project, to consolidate their bonifides while pressing to participate in the boom construction of the city.
In leading the seemingly endless themes, it is impossible not to admire the drawings and artifacts of skill and seduction, from a surprising neoclassical competition competition for the Milwaukee Public Library, in the 1890s to space, the dome and the concoctions of The 1950s bubble is all art: sections and elaborate architectural and color planes are as much art as complex windows, hexagonal chairs and nearby concentric spheres murals. Everything is unified, very well taken care of together through Wright’s organic ideals and his commitment to your total design (whether for clients or not).
Davidson Small Farms Unit, painted wood model and particle board 1932-1933, by Frank Lloyd Wright
And while the architect was light years ahead of his time, exploring the technological and formal systems so that as close to him he might not follow (which explains in one point, all the cracks and leaks), he was Capable of creating spaces, systems and components that almost everyone can enjoy. Wright’s work is universal both in its ability to hold together in all its variants and in its ability to connect seamlessly with the world.
This combination of complexity and accessibility, the show that led to the house, continues to hypnotize the public. Perhaps even more than architectural creation. The show, Bergdoll said, is basically a billboard to encourage researchers and visitors to keep looking for lessons at all.
“The goal here is to announce that the files are here and are open to new questions and new people,” says Bergdoll. For Wright, the promoter of himself par excellence, all the broadcast, and yes, fame, would have been fine.