Frank Lloyd Wright : Unpacking the Archive - the exhibition catalogue from MoMA available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Frank Lloyd Wright : Unpacking the Archive

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'The MoMA exhibition showcases the architect's refined draftsmanship, his obsession with strict axial and geometric plans, and his changing style throughout his working life – up until his death in 1959' - Dezeen

Frank Lloyd Wright at MoMA

Published for a major exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, this catalogue reveals new perspectives on the work of the architect and designer, Frank Lloyd Wright. Structured as a series of investigations into the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (recently acquired by MoMA and Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University), each chapter centres 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.

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 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. 

  • Author: Barry Bergdoll 
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Date published: June 2017
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1588396174