Frank Lloyd Wright: Publishing the Self

May 9–Jun 30, 2017


Detail of the cover of Architectural Forum vol. 68, no. 1 (January 1938)
  • Education Center, Mezzanine, Classrooms and Theater 3 Lobby The Celeste Bartos Theater Lobby

Throughout his prolific, dramatic career, Frank Lloyd Wright mobilized communications media with great skill to manifest a distinctive persona, promote his work, influence public opinion, and start a school, leaving a legacy of documentation that continues to be examined, over a century after his birth. In conjunction with Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive this exhibition examines print publications by and about Wright in the MoMA Library and Architecture and Design collections. Examples range from a portfolio that influenced the first generation of European modernist architects to house plans commissioned for magazines to promotional material for Wright’s school, Taliesin, to his six-volume autobiography. These items tell a story of identity-making, organized around themes such as self-definition, self-promotion, and self-reflection.

Organized by Jennifer Tobias, Reader Services Librarian.


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