Chances are you have heard of the name Frank Lloyd Wright, but do you know what he is famous for? Paying tribute to one of history’s most influential and recognized cultural figures, this year marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of American architect, designer, writer and educator, Frank Lloyd Wright. In honor of its founder, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation will commemorate the vision and innovative work of this pioneer in American culture through a year-long nationwide celebration in partnership with Wright historic sites, museums, designers and more.
Born in 1867, Wright designed more than 1,000 works, helping to define the country’s architectural identity. Recognizing that structure and space can convey cultural values, Wright elevated his vision of America by connecting citizens to each other and the environment through dramatic forms and materials. His designs aimed to reflect and celebrate its unique character, from landscape to people.
In celebration of 150 years, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation will honor Wright’s innovation and inspiration on today’s culture with a series of events, exhibitions, programs and activities. Inviting guests to celebrate this important milestone, Wright properties across the country will welcome visitors and feature special anniversary offerings, from exhibitions to workshops, retail merchandise, activities and events, lectures, tour enhancements, visitor giveaways and much more.
Sites across the country including Taliesin West, Wright’s beloved winter home and home of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, as well as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Darwin Martin House, Marin County Civic Center, Price
Tower, Monona Terrace and Rosenbaum House will be celebrating the history anniversary with
$1.50 tour admission on June 8th
Limited edition 150th Anniversary Product Collection inspired by Wright’s distinct aesthetic and design principles, ranging from unique tabletop items and home décor to specialty paint
palettes, flooring, hardware, collector’s items and more.
The Frank Lloyd Wright Quarterly, the membership publication of the Frank Lloyd Wright
Foundation, will produce a 4-issue collector’s set that explores Wright’s life & legacy in honor of
the 150th anniversary of his birth. The first issue will be delivered in June to coincide with the
Curated exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art titled “Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking
the Archive” showcasing a retrospective of Wright’s work, key moments, themes and inspiration
in Wright’s life.
Engaging tours at Taliesin (Spring Green, WI) and Taliesin West (Scottsdale, AZ), the original
homes and educational institute sites of Frank Lloyd Wright.
A series of special lectures and exhibitions at Fallingwater (Mill Run, PA) exploring important
design aspects of each home, Wright’s definition of organic architecture, designs of Wright’s
personal living and working spaces, etc.
Events in June at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY), including a special
opening on Wright’s birth date with $1.50 admission, celebratory cupcakes, building tours, free
after hours admission, temporary tattoos, raffles, drawing workshops, etc.
Family-friendly activities such as those integrating education and entertainment at Darwin
Martin House and Graycliff (Buffalo, NY) to a “Summer Family Fun Lawn Party” at the BachmanWilson House (Somerset County, NJ)
Specialty guided tours, programs, drawing programs, open houses, music, dinners, cocktail
parties, etc. at additional properties including the Seth Peterson Cottage on Mirror Lake (Lake
Delton, WI), Kentuck Knob (Chalkhill, PA) and Laurent House Foundation (Rockford, IL) and
“Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision put him so far ahead of his time that our technology is only now catching up to his ideas,” said Graff. “We honor his life, not just by looking back on his greatness, but by following his lead and always looking forward to see how his legacy will continue to change how we live and how we build into the future.”
For more information on the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, 150th Anniversary Celebration, Wright properties and more, please visit FLW150.com, a newly relaunched site in celebration of the anniversary. To get involved in the celebration, why not print out the Flat Frank here and take him with you as you celebrate this summer! You can share your Flat Frank photos on social media using the hashtag #FLW150.
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