Kathryn Smith: Wright on Exhibit


Thursday, January 25, 2018

Drawing extensively from Wright’s unpublished correspondence, Kathryn Smith challenges the preconceived notion of Wright as a self-promoter who displayed his work in search of money, clients, and fame. She shows how he was an artist-architect projecting an avant-garde program, an innovator who expanded the palette of installation design as technology evolved, and a social activist driven to revolutionize society through design. While Wright’s earliest exhibitions were largely for other architects, by the 1930s he was creating public installations intended to inspire debate and change public perceptions about architecture. The nature of his exhibitions expanded with the times beyond models, drawings, and photographs to include more immersive tools such as slides, film, and even a full-scale structure built especially for his 1953 retrospective at the Guggenheim Museum. Placing Wright’s exhibitions side by side with his writings, Smith shows how integral these exhibitions were to his vision and sheds light on the broader discourse concerning architecture and modernism during the first half of the twentieth century.

Kathryn Smith is an architectural historian, who is an historic preservation consultant, author, and lecturer. Her books include Wright on Exhibit: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Architectural Exhibitions (2017), Frank Lloyd Wright: American Master (2009), Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin and Taliesin West (1997), and Frank Lloyd Wright, Hollyhock House and Olive Hill (1992). She has been a consultant to Graycliff Conservancy, Florida Southern College, and Barnsdall Park. She has held HEH, NEA and Graham Foundation fellowships. In 2003, she was Scholar-in-Residence at the Robie House, Chicago. In 2001, Smith was awarded the Wright Spirit Award in the Professional Category from the Building Conservancy.

Thursday, January 25, 2018
Members $75 / Non Members $85

 10:30 am Mimosas
11:00 am Lecture
12:00 pm Luncheon

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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Kathryn Smith draws extensively from Wright’s unpublished correspondence, challenging the preconceived notion of Wright as a self-promoter who displayed his work in search of money, clients, and fame. Join the Friends of Robinson Gardens for this intriguing lecture and luncheon!