Architecture and the Senses: Frank Lloyd Wright in Arizona

March 13, 2018
AZ Heritage Center at Papago Park

Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture is widely known and appreciated through visual means such as photographs, writing, and site visits; this presentation will reach beyond the ocular sense to the senses of sound, touch, and kinesthetic that were newly stimulated by the architect’s initial encounter with the Arizona desert in the 1920s. It will be shown that Wright gave the so-called “secondary senses” (so important to all of us) un-recognized consideration in his architecture. The Harold Price Jr. House, the David Wright House and selected buildings at Taliesin West will be explored for the ways that their visual pleasures were enhanced by Wright’s attention to what ultimately constitutes the complete human experience.

Jack Quinan is an architectural historian specializing in the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, American Architecture and Modernism. He is a founder of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy an organization of more than 900 members dedicated to the preservation of Wright’s work and he is the Curator Emeritus and a member of the board of directors of Wright’s Darwin D. Martin House in Buffalo, NY.

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General Public—$5.00; AHS members & Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Members—$4.00.
Does not include museum admission. Donations welcome.

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