The Milwaukee Art Museum has announced its exhibit schedule for 2011; in pride of place is “Frank Lloyd Wright: Organic Architecture for the 21st Century” , running from February 12 through May 15.
he exhibition will survey Wright’s major projects, including Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois (1905), Fallingwater in Mill Run, Pennsylvania (1936), and Johnson Wax in Racine, Wisconsin (1936), known today as the SC Johnson Administration Building. The exhibition is timed to mark the centennial of Taliesin (designed 1911–59), Wright’s home, studio and school in Spring Green, Wisconsin . Among the highlights will be over 30 drawings that have never been exhibited before, as well as furniture, photography and work relating to Taliesin and Taliesin West, his later home in Scottsdale, Arizona (designed 1937–59). Many of the works are on loan from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation in Scottsdale . Frank Lloyd Wright: Organic Architecture for the 21st Century is the first exhibition to consider the relevance of Wright’s organic architecture to today’s environmentally conscious society.
I’m always skeptical of attempts to turn Wright into a prophet of 21st Century concerns, but the exhibits that deliberately cross the boundaries of the phases of Wright’s career are often the most interesting. The “ideas” exhibits are generally more interesting than the “things” exhibits.
The exhibit end date is one week before Wright Plus; Midwesterners willing to burn vacation time could have a great, Wright-themed spring.