Photo by David Heald, courtesy of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

On the 150th anniversary year of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth, the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy—the only organization dedicated to the preservation of all Wright-designed structures—will hold its annual conference in New York City, Frank Lloyd Wright at 150, Sept. 13 – 17, 2017.

Supported by presenting sponsor Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, the conference is timed to coincide with a major new exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive. Reserved seating at the Conservancy-organized international symposium Rethinking Frank Lloyd Wright at 150, a curator-led tour of the exhibition, an all-day architecture tour and a dinner reception at Grace Farms (designed by Pritzker Prize winners SANAA), are included in the general conference.

Tour houses on the general conference tour (Saturday, Sept. 16) include the Roland Reisley House (Wright, 1951), Odif Podell House (David Henken, 1949) and the Usonia community; the Maximilian Hoffman House (Wright, 1955); and the John Rayward House, Tirranna, (Wright, 1955; tentative subject to sale). The pre-conference tour (Wednesday, Sept. 13) includes Philip Johnson’s iconic Glass House (1949) and the John Black Lee House II (1956), designed by prominent New Canaan architect John Black Lee, with a 1992 remodel by Toshiko Mori and a 2010 addition by Kengo Kuma, the Japanese architect’s first project in the U.S. The post-conference tour on Sunday, Sept. 17 includes the Stuart Richardson House (Wright, 1941) and James Christie House (Wright, 1940), as well as a guided tour of modernist landscape architect James Rose’s house, the James Rose Center for Landscape Architectural Research and Design (James Rose, 1953).

Special events include a benefit dinner at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, An Evening at the Guggenheim, which will include the presentation of this year’s Wright Spirit Awards to Barry Bergdoll (Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University; Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art), Carole Ann Fabian (Director, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library Columbia University) and Janet Parks (Curator of Drawings and Archives, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library) for their roles in establishing the Frank Lloyd Wright Archives in New York.

The conference will also include the Conservancy’s annual Homeowners and Public Sites Dinner, the only gathering of owners of Wright-designed houses and representatives from Wright public sites across the country, with a presentation on using the Frank Lloyd Wright Archives by Carole Ann Fabian.

“Word of MoMA’s Unpacking the Archive exhibit is already getting considerable attention in New York among Wright aficionados. News of the Conservancy’s scholarly symposium, to be held at MoMA, can only add to that already mounting interest,” says Edith K. Payne, president of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy board of directors and co-chair of this year’s conference.

“We are very excited by the format for this unique conference,” adds Larry Woodin, Conservancy board member, past board president and co-chair of the conference. “We look forward to hearing from an extraordinary selection of scholars discussing many aspects of the Frank Lloyd Wright legacy, and to visiting the exhibition at MoMA. Our special events at the Guggenheim Museum, tours of Wright’s work and then other important architects in the area, and our special Saturday event at Grace Farms make this an especially rich conference. We are deeply appreciative of the support from presenting sponsor Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, and to having our Leadership Circle members visit their office for a special event.”

Conference registration is now closed.

Visit the annual conference page for more information and to register

Posted on June 6, 2017

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