Frank Lloyd Wright Exhibit Celebrates Organic Architecture

Mar 26th, 2011 | By | Category: Green Living

A new Frank Lloyd Wright exhibit celebrating the 100th anniversary of Wright’s Taliesin studio in Spring Green, Wisconsin is on display at the Milwaukee Art Museum. The exhibit, Frank Lloyd Wright: Organic Architecture for the 21st Century, features over 150 pieces of furniture and other objects, 33 drawings never previously shown, models, photographs, and rare home movies from the famous architect.

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Wright-designed window in Robie House, Chicago

Wright, considered the greatest American architect of all time, was born in Richland Center, Wisconsin, in 1867. After studying engineering at the University of Wisconsin, he apprenticed under noted Chicago architects, including the famous Louis H. Sullivan. Sullivan taught Wright the idea that a building’s form should follow its function, reflecting the human shaping of nature and society. Sullivan called this philosophy of building “organic,” and it influenced Wright’s concept of organic architecture.

Wright’s pioneered the concept of organic architecture, which aims to harmonize architectural designs with the patterns of their natural environment. In addition to Sullivan, Wright’s concept of organic architecture was also influenced by Japanese architecture, which emphasizes the harmony of nature and human constructions.

Wright expressed this principle in a number of famous designs, such as Fallinghouse, a home built into the natural rock structure of a waterfall. Wright founded the Prairie School movement of architecture, where open spaces inside a home expand organically into outdoor space through porches and terraces. Wright built other homes and furniture that defied convention in favor of practical applications and organic efficiency.

The new exhibit covers every type of project Wright designed. Included are his plans for suburban communities and American System-Built Homes.

The exhibit is organized by the Milwaukee Art Museum in conjunction with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation of Scottsdale, Arizona.

The exhibit is on display from February 12 through May 15, 2011 in the Baker/Rowland Galleries at the Milwaukee Art Museum, located on Lake Michigan in downtown Milwaukee at 700 North Art Museum Drive. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm, and Thursday to 8 pm, and closed Mondays, Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, and select holidays. Admission to the museum is $14 for adults; $12 for students with ID, seniors 65 and over, and active military; and free to members and children 12 and under. For more details, visit

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