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Lloyd Wright exhibits celebrate 150 years since his birth

Frank Lloyd Wright’s work will be featured in two museum exhibits beginning this summer to mark the 150th anniversary of the architect’s birth.

Karina Steele’s “Assorted Spoons.”

New York’s Museum of Modern Art will present “Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive”, from June 12 to Oct. 1, a collection of 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.

Michaela Stone’s “Seated Springbok.”

“Structured as an anthology rather than a comprehensive, monographic presentation of Wright’s work, the exhibition is divided into 12 sections, each of which 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. The exhibition seeks to open up Wright’s work to critical inquiry and debate and to introduce experts and general audiences alike to new angles and interpretations of this extraordinary architect,” the museum said in a statement.

The Milwaukee Art Museum will present “Frank Lloyd Wright: Buildings for the Prairie” from July 28 to Oct. 15, featuring furniture, stained glass and textile drawings from Wright’s Wasmuth Portfolio, a monograph of the architect’s best buildings from 1893 to 1909 that introduced his work to European contemporaries.

At the Messler

A juried exhibition of work by Center for Furniture Craftsmanship alumni and fellows opened in January at the Messler Gallery in Rockport, Maine.

Michael Korsak’s accent table.

The 21 pieces on display, selected from 70 submissions, included a variety of handcrafted wood items from curved benches and seductive spoons and sculptural tables.

The exhibitors are participants in the center’s workshop, furniture-intensive, turning-intensive, nine-month comprehensive or fellowship programs.

They are Kendrick Anderson (Atlanta); Eric Asche (Durango, Iowa); Nils Berg (Boston); Judy Bonzi, Andy Messa and Michaela Stone (Rockport); Shannon Bowser and Kate Casey (Brooklyn, N.Y.); Michael Danchak (Durham, Conn.); Owain Harris (Deerfield, N.H.); Mary Ellen Hitt (Morrill, Maine); Yuri Kobayashi, Libby Schrum and Karina Steele (Camden, Maine); Mike Korsak (Pittsburgh); Bowen Liu (Rochester, N.Y.); Sarah Marriage (Baltimore); Jack Mauch (Cambridge, Mass.); Marcus Soto (Stone Ridge, N.Y.); Laurie Sproul (Canton, Maine), and Leslie Webb (Georgetown, Texas).

Jurors were turner Mark Gardner (Saluda, N.C.), Anissa Kapsales, associate editor at Fine Woodworking magazine, and furniture designer Sarah Kay (London).


Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, 25 Mill St., Rockport, ME 04856. Tel: 207-594-5611.

Milwaukee Art Museum, 700 N. Art Museum Dr., Milwaukee, WI 53202. Tel: 414-224-3200.

This article originally appeared in the February 2017 issue.

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