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On View: Frank Lloyd Wright-Organic Architecture for the 21st Century

03/27/12    Sara McLean  |  specs+spaces Editor, Dunn-Edwards Corporation, Allied Member ASID, CMG

In honor of the 75th anniversary of Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Scottsdale home and studio, the Phoenix Art Museum presents the exhibit Frank Lloyd Wright: Organic Architecture for the 21st Century.
On view through April 29, 2012, this exhibit highlights and reviews his decades-long career in a new perspective, showcasing his relevance today through a survey of over 40 projects.

These projects include his utopian vision of a city including a model set and rarely seen drawings, sketches, furnishings photographs and film.   
Throughout Frank Lloyd Wright’s career, he promoted organic architecture and emphasized the use of natural materials and creating harmony between landscape and structure. Many of the concepts he developed are critical to today’s green architecture movement. James Ballinger, the Sybil Harrington Director, Phoenix Art Museum, further explained, “Wright’s concerns with materials, efficient use of space, sustainable manufacturing, attention to local environment and use of natural light mirror those of contemporary architects worldwide. This exhibition provides an exciting forum for which Wright’s work can be re-examined and applied to concerns of the day. The Museum is privileged to have the opportunity to partner with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and the Milwaukee Art Museum to bring this exhibition to the people of Arizona.”
                                       Fallingwater                                                 Taliesin West
                                    Lenkurt Electric Co model                           Lenkurt Electric Co night rendering

The Phoenix Art Museum is located at 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, Arizona 85004. For more information,
All photography courtesy and with permission of Phoenix Art Museum.
Frank Lloyd Wright: Organic Architecture for the 21st Century is organized by Phoenix Art Museum and Milwaukee Art Museum in conjunction with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. The exhibition will be on view in Phoenix Art Museum’s Steele Gallery through April 29, 2012, and is included in general Museum admission.
About Frank Lloyd Wright
Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) spent more than 70 years creating designs that revolutionized the art and architecture of the 20th century. In all, he designed 1,191 works – including houses, offices, churches, schools, libraries, bridges and museums. Of that total, 460 resulted in complete works, 384 of which still stand. Wright also designed furniture, fabrics, art glass, lamps, dinnerware, linens and graphic arts. In addition, he was a prolific writer, an educator and a philosopher. He authored 20 books and countless articles, lectured throughout the United States and in Europe, and developed a remarkable plan for decentralizing urban America that continues to be debated by scholars and writers to this day.
About Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation is a nonprofit organization that was established by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1940 to be a cultural and educational institution and the primary conservator of his work. The Foundation owns two of Wright’s homes: Taliesin in Spring Green, Wis. and Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Ariz., both Historic National Landmarks. The Foundation also owns and manages the vast Frank Lloyd Wright Archives at Taliesin West and operates the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, a continuation of the apprenticeship program Wright established in 1932.
About Phoenix Art Museum
Phoenix Art Museum is the Southwest’s premier destination for world-class visual arts. Popular international exhibitions are shown alongside the Museum’s outstanding collection of more than 18,000 works of American, Asian, European, Latin American, Western American, modern and contemporary art, and fashion design. A vibrant destination for over 50 years, Phoenix Art Museum presents festivals, live performances, independent art films and educational programs that enlighten, entertain and stimulate. Visitors also enjoy PhxArtKids an interactive space for children, vibrant photography exhibitions through the Museum’s landmark partnership with the Center for Creative Photography, the lushly landscaped Sculpture Garden, dining at Palette, and shopping at The Museum Store.

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