Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive
The Museum of Modern Art, New York
– 1 October 2017
To mark the occasion of Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th birthday, the Museum of Modern Art is opening up its archive on this architect. A comprehensive accompanying programme will highlight connections to thematic focal points in Wright’s work and thought and look at how these currently influence architecture.
Frank Lloyd Wright is among the most regularly exhibited architects at the Museum of Modern Art. As part of an elaborate process, the archive was expanded and refurbished, and models were carefully reconditioned and restored for this exhibition. The current exhibition places the architect in a new context and broadens discussion about him. Thus, Wright’s works are displayed in “dialogue”‚ with other materials, such as designs by the architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. An extensive workshop programme tackles themes in Wright’s work and draws parallels with the present. Nature, urban planning and social justice are problem areas that continue to be relevant today and which have to be discussed again and again. And so the workshop “Torolab's Transborder Workshop: Usonian Walls” reintroduces the world of ideas behind the term “Usonian”, that was used by Wright instead of “American”. Under the direction of Raúl Cárdenas Osuna, the founder of Torolab, participants will critically examine the concept in light of the current state of society. On 14 September 2017, participants are invited to discuss the needs of their community and the country together, and to define the limits they need to set in order to achieve success in a collaborative project.
The workshop “Organic Architecture Today: Mushroom Bricks Workshop” on 21 and 28 September 2017 will explore organic materials currently attracting attention in architecture. Participants can design and create their own objects using special fungi grown on a cellulose base pressed into a mould, which, after heating have similar material properties to Styrofoam. By contrast, they are however, completely biodegradable and hence considered to be much more sustainable. David Benjamin, founder of the Autodesk Studios The Living leads the workshop.