Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward

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Now What Architecture?

Thursday, May 14, 4 pm

Friday, May 15, 10:30 am

Two-day ticket $15, $10 members, students;
One-day ticket $10, $7 members, students

In his 1931 Kahn Lecture at Princeton University, Frank Lloyd Wright posed the captivating question: “Now what architecture?” Over the course of his 70-year career, Wright taught his contemporaries how to connect time, place, and people through architecture. Today—fifty years after his death in 1959—Wright’s question forms the basis for this two-day symposium, which features debates among scholars, architects, designers, and cultural critics from around the world.

Urban Spaces

Thursday, May 14, 4 pm

Moderator: Anthony Vidler, Dean and Professor, Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York

Participants: Amale Andraos, Adriaan Geuze, and Thomas Krens

Throughout his career, Wright developed schemes that could generate a free city life of beauty and safety. This panel studies the requirements of urban spaces today and wonders about the true potential of architecture to create exciting urban landscapes.

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation in the 21st Century

Friday, May 15, 10:30 am

With Phil Allsopp, Director, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Arizona

Personal Spaces

Friday, May 15, 11 am

Moderator: David van der Leer, Assistant Curator, Architecture & Design, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

Participants: David Adjaye and Toshiko Mori

Connecting rooms into flowing sequences of open spaces, Wright elegantly transformed the family life of his many residential clients. This panel looks at opportunities in the design of the contemporary house, our most personal space, to better reflect and direct our communication-centered society.

Shared Spaces

Friday, May 15, 2:30 pm

Moderator: Julie Iovine, Executive Editor, The Architect’s Newspaper, New York Participants: Beatriz Colomina, Steven Holl, and Reinhold Martin

Through a visual and spatial horizontality, Frank Lloyd Wright’s exteriors reach out into the landscape while also gathering in and drawing users across a potentially awkward threshold. This panel examines the nature of such transitional thresholds and how they continue to be challenging in contemporary and future buildings.

The Architecture of Writing: Wright, Women, and Narrative

Wednesday, June 10, 6:30 pm

$10, $7 members, students

Moderator: Sarah Goldhagen, The New Republic

Participants: Carol Gilligan, Beverly Willis, and Gwendolyn Wright

Honoring Taliesin Fellow Lois Gottlieb, this special program features the premiere of A Girl Is a Fellow Here: 100 Women Architects in the Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright, a new fifteen-minute documentary film produced by the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation. A panel discussion follows exploring definitions of architectural genius in which collaboration, in general, and women, in particular, assume greater stature in the remarkable history of Frank Lloyd Wright and in the rich history of American architecture. Co-organized by the Sackler Center for Arts Education and the Beverly Willis Architecture Foundation.

The Guggenheim: Place and Time in a Global Context

Saturday, June 20, 11 am

Free with museum admission

With Gail Satler, Professor of Sociology, Hofstra University, New York

Globalization has shifted the notion of space and time, from one of place and history to one that is placeless and ahistorical, or so it seems. In considering the relevance and significance of Wright’s works in a global landscape, it is not about the erasure of difference, but rather, it is about delving into the local language in order to have a more universal conversation. This lecture expands upon Wright’s “destruction of the box” to explore how the grid becomes the tension between individual and collective identity. In this way, the Guggenheim reflects the essence of what makes a work relevant especially in the international city of New York.

Eye to Eye

Following Mondays, 6:30 pm; receptions follow

Single tour $25, $20 members, students; series of 4 $80, $60 members, students

Join us for this exciting series of private, guided tours exploring two exhibitions celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Guggenheim Museum. Limit 25 per tour.

The Sweeney Decade: Acquisitions at the 1959 Inaugural

Irving Sandler
July 27

The New York School critic and historian Irving Sandler, in conversation with Guggenheim curator Tracey Bashkoff, reflects on the world of young European and American Abstract artists collected by the Guggenheim in the 1950s.

Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward

Eric Lloyd Wright and Margo Stipe
May 18

Margo Stipe, curator and registrar of collections at the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives, and Eric Lloyd Wright, architect and grandson of Frank Lloyd Wright, discuss the current relevance and applicability of Wright’s spatial solutions for creating environments that enrich daily life, encouraging meaningful reengagement with the world around us.

Winka Dubbeldam
June 22

Winka Dubbeldam, principal at Archi-Tectonics, rethinks, reinvestigates, and reinterprets everything in the built environment. She analyzes programmatic efficiencies, urban specificities, and material innovations. Dubbeldam is known for the use of hybrid materials and smart building systems.

Christian Wassman
July 13

Christian Wassman runs a studio in New York City that focuses on designs from furniture to installations to architecture. His East Village radio station shows how even interior design at the smallest scale can influence the streetscape of a city.

Film Screenings

Frank Lloyd Wright: The Mike Walace Interviews

Fridays, May 22–August 21, beginning on the hour, 11 am–4 pm

Running time 53 minutes
New Media Theater
Free with museum admission

While in New York for the construction of the Guggenheim Museum, 90-year-old Frank Lloyd Wright was invited to be a guest on The Mike Wallace Interview. The two interviews conducted by Wallace reveal Wright’s views on his own work, the field of architecture, and the social and cultural context in which his buildings came into being. This intimate portrait of Wright, captured just two years before his death in 1959, demonstrates his character and charisma at the end of his historic career. Film programs are made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

Gallery Talks

Free with museum admission

Educator’s Eye

Daily at 11 am and 1 pm

Join Guggenheim Museum educators for interactive tours of current exhibitions, the permanent collection, and the Frank Lloyd Wright building.

Special Educator’s Eye: A Year with Children

Friday, May 29, 2 pm

Rebecca Herz, Senior Education Manager, Learning Through Art

Curator’s Eye

Following Fridays, 2 pm

Join Guggenheim Museum curators for tours of current exhibitions.

Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward

June 5, August 7

David van der Leer, Assistant Curator, Architecture & Design

Selections from the Collection

July 31

Tracey Bashkoff, Associate Curator, Exhibitions & Collections

Conservator’s Eye

Join a Guggenheim Museum conservator for an exhibition tour focusing on materials and techniques as they pertain to preservation.

Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward

Friday, June 26, 2 pm

Jeffrey Warda, Associate Conservator, Paper

Mind’s Eye

Following Mondays, 6 pm

Free programs for partially sighted, blind, and deaf visitors. RSVP to 212 360 4355 or

Join Guggenheim Museum educators Georgia Krantz, Guthrie Nutter, and Ellen Edelman for a tour, discussion, and private reception. Separate programs presented through verbal imaging and American Sign Language.

Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward

June 8, July 13

Touch tour of the building

August 3

Tour of Learning By Doing with workshop component

For Children

Summerscapes Art Camp

Mon, Jul 20–Fri, Jul 24, 9 am–4 pm and/or Mon, Jul 27–Fri, Jul 31, 9 am–4 pm

For ages 8–11
Want to inspire your child's creativity? Sign up for Summerscapes, the Guggenheim's stimulating minicamps. Taught by a museum educator, each session begins with an exploration of the special exhibition Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward and permanent collection. Then it’s back to the art studio for hands-on projects where your child has the opportunity to experiment with varied art techniques, including painting, sculpture, printmaking, and collage. Summerscapes concludes with a small exhibition so children can share their creations with family and friends.

Fee: $500 per week, $900 both weeks, $400/$700 for members
Includes all art materials, snacks, a family pass, and a CD Rom with photos documenting the program.

For more information or to register, call 212 423 3637.

For Teens

Digital Workshop: Exploring Architecture

This summer, the Guggenheim Museum will host a retrospective exhibition focusing on the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, one of the most important American architects of the 20th century and designer of the Guggenheim’s own landmark building. Participants in this intensive summer program investigate Wright’s architectural theories and practices with regular visits to the museum galleries. Students design their own buildings through a process of brainstorming ideas, drawing, and model making. Every student will create a final physical model (made of foam core) and a digital model (built with Google SketchUp, a 3-D computer modeling application). This program is open to incoming tenth-, eleventh-, and twelfth-grade students. Students must apply. Application deadline: Friday, April 3, 2009.

Class dates and times: Mondays–Thursdays, July 6–30, 10:30 am–1 pm (16 sessions in total)
Final presentation: Thursday, July 30, 6–8 pm
Fee: $100 per student, includes instruction and materials. Tuition assistance is available.

For more information or to be added to the teen programs mailing list, please e-mail

Spring Family Day

Sunday, May 31, 2–5 pm

Bring the whole family and join us in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Guggenheim Museum and the exhibition, Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward. Enjoy everything from art-making activities and conversations to performances and storytelling. For families with children ages 4–10.

Summer Sundays

Every Sunday in June and July

$15 per family, $10 members; free for family members, Cool Culture, and Guggenheim partner schools; no advance registration required.
Gather the family and get to the Guggenheim on Sundays during June and July where you’ll find a choice of interactive programs that explore the work of master architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

Summer Sundays Family Tours

10:30 am–noon

For families with children ages 5–10.
$15 per family, $10 members; free for those with a family membership
Our family-oriented tour of Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward incorporates age-appropriate conversations with hands-on activities to illuminate some of the most intriguing architectural projects in the exhibition.

Summer Sundays Open Studio

Noon–4 pm

To participate, stop by the Studio Art Lab, located in the Sackler Center between noon and 3:30 pm.

After viewing the exhibition Learning By Doing—located in the museum’s Sackler Center for Arts Education—you’re invited to design and build your own architectural model for a shelter. This project is inspired by an assignment given to all first year students at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.

Just Drop In!

Every Wednesday, 1–4 pm

For families with children ages 3–10. Free with museum admission. No registration necessary.
Explore highlights of Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward through creative, interactive projects led by museum educators.

Family Activity Pack

Enhance everyone's museum experience with a Permanent Collection or Special Exhibition Activity Pack. Each pack contains artwork highlights, tips on how to talk about the art, hands-on activities, and a picture book. Choose your favorite museum adventure and go! Available at the Information Desk.

Family Architecture Activity Guide

As your family journeys along the spiraling ramp, you'll discover fascinating architectural details that Frank Lloyd Wright included in his design for the Guggenheim Museum. This interactive scavenger hunt is sure to bring out the designer in everyone. Available in the museum rotunda.

For Family Members Only—A Program Exclusively for You!

Saturday, June 6, at 10:30 am–1 pm, and repeated at 2–4:30 pm

A family includes up to two adults and four children. Additional participants, $5 per person.

Family Fun for Family Members: Architecture Tour & Workshop

To register: 212 423 3587, Monday–Friday, 1–5 pm

Family members are invited to participate in a free gallery tour and art workshop inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural projects. Recommended for families with children ages 5–12.

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