Refining Ideas

Refining Ideas

The Guggenheim Museum was nearly 16 years in the making. Frank Lloyd Wright went through numerous ideas and revisions before a final design was approved. One early design was hexagonal, another was clad in pink marble. In what ways is today's museum (pictured below) similar to or different from earlier designs?

Suggested Activity

Both artists and architects frequently experiment with a variety of ideas before deciding upon a final design. Invent a "Lost Sketch for the Design of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum." When you are done, describe the drawing as one of the steps toward the conception of the final museum design.

On View

This presentation, comprised of selected materials from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Archives, pays homage to the first Frank Lloyd Wright–designed structures in New York City.

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Art Making for Middle Schoolers
10 Mondays beginning January 25, 4–6:15 pm

Led by a Guggenheim teaching artist, this studio program for middle-school students includes visits to the galleries and art making in a wide range of mediums.

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Ferro SP (Iron SP), 1961. Welded iron sheet metal, oil, and tacks on wood framework, 130 x 200 cm.

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