Frank Lloyd Wright at MoMA

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By Miriam Silverberg

Frank Lloyd Wright. March Balloons. 1955. Drawing based on a c. 1926 design for Liberty magazine. Colored pencil on paper, 28 1/4 x 24 1/2″ (71.8 x 62.2 cm). The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York)

Museum of Modern Art has an exhibition on Frank Lloyd Wright called Unpacking the Archive until October 1.  It shows the multi-faceted practice of Wright who was one of the most prolific and renowned architects of the 20th century.  He embraced new technologies and materials, pioneered do-it-yourself construction and advanced original theories regarding nature, urban planning and social politics.  This is the 150th anniversary of his birth and comprises nearly 400 works including drawings, building fragments, films, television broadcasts, print media, furniture, tableware, textiles, paintings, photographs and scrapbooks.

Many works  have rarely if ever been seen before.  Wright designed more than 1,000 buildings including the Guggenheim Museum and realized over 500.  Mindful of posterity, Wright preserved as much of his work as possible and now we get to enjoy seeing it.  This is a huge exhibition and worth spending lots of time so go prepared to give it the attention it deserves.

You will enjoy it.

Miriam Silverberg is a freelance journalist and owner of Miriam Silverberg Associates, a boutique publicity firm in Manhattan. She May be reached at


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