Frank Lloyd Wright: Unpacking the Archive. Museum of Modern Art.

Frank Lloyd Wright: Unpacking the Archive.

Museum of Modern Art, 06/27/2017. Item #25836
ISBN: 9781633450264

Frank Lloyd Wright: Unpacking the Archive Edited by Barry
Bergdoll, Jennifer Gray. Text by John Michael Desmond, Carole Ann Fabian,
Elizabeth S. Hawley, Juliet Kinchin, Neil Levine, Ellen Moody, Therese O’Malley,
Ken Tadashi Oshima, Michael Osman, Spyros Papapetros, Janet Parks, Matthew
Skjonsberg, David Smiley, Mabel O. Wilson.


Unpacking Wright’s archive of more than two million objects, on the 150th
anniversary of the master architect’s birth

Published for a major exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, this catalog
reveals new perspectives on the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, a designer so
prolific and familiar as to nearly preclude critical reexamination. Structured
as a series of inquiries into the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives at
Taliesin West, Arizona (recently acquired by MoMA and Avery Architectural & Fine
Arts Library, Columbia University), the book is a collection of scholarly
explorations rather than an attempt to construct a master narrative. Each
chapter centers on a key object from the archive that an invited author has
“unpacked”— tracing its meanings and connections, and juxtaposing it with other
works from the archive, from MoMA, or from outside collections. Wright’s quest
to build a mile-high skyscraper reveals him to be one of the earliest celebrity
architects, using television, press relations and other forms of mass media to
advance his own self-crafted image. A little-known project for a Rosenwald
School for African-American children, together with other projects that engage
Japanese and Native American culture, ask provocative questions about Wright’s
positions on race and cultural identity. Still other investigations engage the
architect’s lifelong dedication to affordable and do-it-yourself housing, as
well as the ecological systems, both social and environmental, that informed his
approach to cities, landscapes and even ornament. The publication aims to open
up Wright’s work to questions, interrogations and debates, and to highlight
interpretations by contemporary scholars, both established Wright experts and
others considering this iconic figure from new and illuminating perspectives.


256 Pages, 300 color images. Hard Cover Museum of Modern Art, June 2017

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Price: $65.00

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