Frank Lloyd Wright and the City at MoMA

May 20, 2014

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NYCxDesign wraps up today! If you have an extra day or two in New York City, check out the Frank Lloyd Wright exhibition in the third floor Architecture and Design Galleries at MoMA.

 

Frank Lloyd Wright is an American architect from the Mid-Century Modern movement best known for his design of the Kaufman House – Fallingwater (1936). Built into the wooded landscape, the home features a low, horizontal design and a series of cantilevered balconies and waterfalls.¹ The home is an example of Wright’s signature style, which focused on natural elements and horizontal lines.

 

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In contrast to Wright’s efforts to integrate architecture into natural environments, he was also interested in urbanization and the vertical city, experimenting with skyscraper designs and publishing Broadacre City, his plans for the urbanization of America.²

 

The exhibit – titled Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal - celebrates the recent joint acquisition of Wright’s extensive archive by MoMA and Columbia University’s Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, and explores Wright’s complex relationship to the city.²

 

We took in the exhibit last month and were fascinated by the original drawings, models and photographs on display.

 

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Model of Broadacre City, Frank Lloyd Wright. The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York)

 

MoMA-Frank-Lloyd-Wright-Exhibit06Model of skyscraper, Frank Lloyd Wright. The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York)

 

MoMA-Frank-Lloyd-Wright-Exhibit08Drawings and photograph of St. Mark’s Tower, Frank Lloyd Wright.

 

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Literature for Broadacre City, Frank Lloyd Wright

 

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Architectural drawings of St. Mark’s-in-the-Bouwerie Towers, Frank Lloyd Wright (Manhattan, NY, 1927–31)

 

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Perspective drawings of St. Mark’s-in-the-Bouwerie Towers, Frank Lloyd Wright (Manhattan, NY, 1927–31)

 

Source:

1. Pile, John F. (2005, 2000). A history of interior design — 2nd. ed. Location: Hoboken, New Jersey. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

2. MoMA.org, Exhibit, Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal

 

The Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal exhibit will be on display at MoMA in New York City until June 1st.

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