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Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Exhibition Detail
A Long-Awaited Tribute: Frank Lloyd Wright's Usonian House and Pavilion
1071Fifth Ave.
New York, NY 10128-0173


July 27th, 2012 - September 25th, 2013
Opening: 
January 22nd, 2013 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
 
Frank Lloyd Wright and David Henken reviewing architectural drawings for the pavilion,
Frank Lloyd Wright and David Henken reviewing architectural drawings for the pavilion,
1953
© Courtesy of Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Film still from Wright Pavilion Construction , Film still from Wright Pavilion Construction ,
1953
© Solomon R.Guggenheim Archives, New York
 Sixty Years of Living Architecture Exhibition Building(demolished), New York. Perspective (presentation drawing) , Frank Lloyd WrightFrank Lloyd Wright,
Sixty Years of Living Architecture Exhibition Building(demolished), New York. Perspective (presentation drawing) ,
1953, Graphite and ink on tracing paper, 91 x 196 cm.
© 1988 FrankLloyd Wright Foundation, Scottsdale, Arizon
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On October 22, 1953, Sixty Years of Living Architecture: The Work of Frank Lloyd Wright opened in New York on the site where the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum would eventually be built. Two Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings were constructed specifically to house the exhibition: a temporary pavilion made of glass, fiberboard, and pipe columns; and a 1,700-square-foot, fully furnished, two-bedroom, model Usonian house representing Wright’s organic solution for modest, middle-class dwellings.

This presentation, comprised of selected materials from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Archives, pays homage to these two structures. Aware of his lack of architectural recognition in New York City prior to the 1953 exhibition, Wright declared: “this house and the pavilion alongside it . . . represent a long-awaited tribute: the first Wright building[s] erected in New York City.”


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