LSU School of Architecture Professor Michael Desmond is a guest curator for an upcoming exhibition on Frank Lloyd Wright at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The exhibition, Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive, will be on display at MoMA June 12–October 1, 2017.
The exhibition will be comprised of “approximately 450 works made from the 1890s through the 1950s, including architectural drawings, models, building fragments, films, television broadcasts, print media, furniture, tableware, textiles, paintings, photographs, and scrapbooks, along with a number of works that have rarely or never been publicly exhibited.”
Structured as an anthology, the exhibition is divided into 12 sections curated by Wright scholars, historians, architects, and designers. “Each section investigates a key object or cluster of objects from the Frank Lloyd Wright Archive, interpreting and contextualizing it, and juxtaposing it with other works from the archive, from MoMA, or from outside collections,” (moma.org).
A lifelong Frank Lloyd Wright scholar, Desmond wrote his MIT PhD dissertation on Wright’s partially built subdivisions and community designs from 1936–47, which he is currently expanding into a book focused on Wright’s increasing use of circles and circular arcs over the last 20 years of his career as means of engaging architectural form and perception of landscapes.
Desmond is currently working with the Museum of Modern Art and the LSU College of Art & Design to arrange an alumni gathering and guided tour of the exhibition in the summer of 2017.
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