Foundation Celebrates 150th Anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Birth
Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation | Apr 7, 2017
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 yearlong 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.
“We’ve seen a lot of changes in how we build and how we live as a result of the work Frank Lloyd Wright did in his lifetime, yet his vision and ideas are more relevant today than ever,” said Stuart Graff, President and CEO, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. “The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation is proud to celebrate Wright’s legacy, and his continuing influence on our culture, through a series of events, exhibitions, special tours, and programs as part of a year-long celebration in partnership with Wright public sites nationwide, as well as museums, designers, and other partners.”
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. Find the latest updates to 150th Anniversary Celebration events happening around the world on our events calendar.
Sites across the country including Taliesin West, Wright’s beloved winter home and home of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and the School of Architecture at Taliesin, 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. Buy tickets to Taliesin West’s June 8 celebration
- 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 birthday.
- 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 Bachman-Wilson House (Somerset County, NJ)