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Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal

  • 10:30 - 24 February, 2014
Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal
Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal, Frank Lloyd Wright. H. C. Price Company Tower, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, 1952–56. Apprentices working on the model in the Taliesin drafting room. Spring Green, Wisconsin, c. 1952. Gelatin silver print on paper. The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York); Installation view of the exhibition Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal. February 1–June 1, 2014. © 2014 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photograph: Thomas Griesel
Frank Lloyd Wright. H. C. Price Company Tower, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, 1952–56. Apprentices working on the model in the Taliesin drafting room. Spring Green, Wisconsin, c. 1952. Gelatin silver print on paper. The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York); Installation view of the exhibition Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal. February 1–June 1, 2014. © 2014 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photograph: Thomas Griesel

NOW ON VIEW

Build up or extend out?

The new exhibition Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City examines Frank Lloyd Wright’s passionate and divided opinions about the growing American city in the 1920s and 1930s.

Working on radical new ideas for skyscrapers and for the urbanization of an American landscape titled “Broadacre City,” Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal features the spectacular 12-foot-by-12-foot model of the project, which merges one of the earliest schemes for a highway flyover with an expansive, agrarian domain, as well as a selection of the major architect’s drawings, films, and large-scale architectural models. Wright’s fascinating vision is paired with his innovative structural experiments for building a vertical city. Projects, from the early San Francisco Call Building (1912) to Manhattan’s St. Mark’s-in-the-Bouwerie Towers (1927–31) to a controversial mile-high skyscraper, engage questions of urban density and seek to bring light and landscapes to tall buildings.

Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal celebrates the recent joint acquisition of Frank Lloyd Wright’s extensive archive by MoMA and Columbia University’s Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library.

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Cite: "Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal" 24 Feb 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/478108/frank-lloyd-wright-and-the-city-density-vs-dispersal/> ISSN 0719-8884