Exhibition Details

Location: Phoenix Art Museum
Dates: December 18, 2011
to April 29, 2012


Frank Lloyd Wright: Organic Architecture for the 21st Century explores the tenets of Wright’s organic architecture—appropriateness to time, place and people—through the current perspective of green building; specifically the concepts of energy, materials, site, climate, space efficiency, pre-fabricated technology, transportation and urban planning. The exhibition highlights many triumphs of Wright’s career including Unity Temple (Oak Park, IL, 1905), Fallingwater (Mill Run, PA, 1936), Johnson Wax Administration Building (Racine, WI, 1936, known today as the SC Johnson Administration Building), Taliesin (Spring Green, WI, 1911-59) and Taliesin West (Scottsdale, AZ, 1937-59).

The design of Arizona’s own Taliesin West exemplifies Wright’s architectural philosophy. The dramatic rugged landscape of the Sonoran Desert provided the inspiration for buildings that evolve and blend with the environment. Wright first came to Arizona in 1928 as a consultant for the Arizona Biltmore hotel. He returned the following year to work on another large resort commission, setting up camp near Chandler, AZ. This project fell victim to the financial collapse of the 1930s and it would be another seven years before Wright would return to the area to begin building a permanent residence, Taliesin West, 10 miles north of Scottsdale. Over the next 22 years he designed dozens of Arizona residential and commercial structures, some of which were never built, eight of which are still in use today. To celebrate the state’s upcoming Centennial, a special focus of the exhibition will be a large-scale model and drawings of a new Arizona State Capitol building proposed by Wright in 1957.

Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) spent more than 70 years creating designs that revolutionized the art and architecture of the 20th century. In all, he designed 1,191 works — including houses, offices, churches, schools, libraries, bridges and museums. Of that total, 460 resulted in complete works, 384 of which still stand. Wright also designed furniture, fabrics, art glass, lamps, dinnerware, linens and graphic arts. In addition, he was a prolific writer, an educator and a philosopher. He authored 20 books and countless articles, lectured throughout the United States and in Europe, and developed a remarkable plan for decentralizing urban America that continues to be debated by scholars and writers to this day.

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Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation is a nonprofit organization that was established by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1940 to be a cultural and educational institution and the primary conservator of his work. The Foundation owns two of Wright’s homes: Taliesin in Spring Green, WI, and Taliesin West in Scottsdale, AZ, both Historic National Landmarks. The Foundation also owns and manages the vast Frank Lloyd Wright Archives at Taliesin West and operates the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, a continuation of the apprenticeship program Wright established in 1932.

Admission to Frank Lloyd Wright: Organic Architecture for the 21st Century is included with general admission.

General Admission
$12 adults
$10 senior citizens (65+) and full-time students with I.D.
$6 children ages 6 to 17
Free for Museum Members and children under age 6

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The Museum offers free general admission for everyone on Wednesday evenings, 3-9 p.m. and the first Friday of every month, 6-10 p.m.

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Shop "Just Wright," the exhibition store!

Wednesday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Thursday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sunday, noon-5 p.m.
First Friday evenings, 6-10 p.m.

Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
The Museum Store and Museum Café are open during Museum hours.

The Museum will be closed on the following holidays during this exhibition:
Christmas Day (December 25, 2011)

The Museum will be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on the following Monday holidays during this exhibition:
Day after New Year's Day (January 2, 2012)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (January 16, 2012)
Presidents Day (February 20, 2012)

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  • Dinner for two at J&G Steakhouse

All programs included with Museum general admission unless otherwise noted. Always free for Museum Members.
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The Taliesin Festival of Music and Dance - Wednesday, February 8, 12:30pm

Indira Berndtson, Administrator of Historic Studies at The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, shares a fascinating look at the extraordinarily creative and beautiful dance costumes made for performances held at Taliesin West from 1961 through the late 1970s.

Presented by the Museum’s Arizona Costume Institute.

Design from the Desert: Will Bruder - Wednesday, February 8, 7pm

Renowned Phoenix-based architect Will Bruder will explore how native desert landscapes have become a source of inspiration for his building projects.

Presented in Collaboration with the Nature Conservancy and Design for a Living World Exhibition, on view at Desert Botanical Garden January 16 through April 2, 2012.

Perspectives on Frank Lloyd Wright

In this two-part series, a panel of architects, scholars and urban planners discuss how the “organic” building concepts proposed by Frank Lloyd Wright have influenced American architecture from individual homes to plans for entire cities.

The Buildings - Wednesday, March 7, 7pm

A panel with some of the region’s premier designers will explore Wright’s buildings, especially those that anticipated critical issues in contemporary practice.

The City- Wednesday, March 28, 7pm

Can cities be designed? If so, how and where should they be built? Explore the connections between Broadacre City (on view) and the City of Phoenix in this conversation that looks critically at our region and others in building and maintaining a sustainable urban plan.

Frank Lloyd Wright and the Inspiration of Japan - Wednesday, March 14, 6pm

Margo Stipe, Curator & Registrar of Collections, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Taliesin West, discusses Wright’s admiration for Japan’s architecture and landscape design and the collections of Japanese objects that he assembled.

Presented by the Museum’s Asian Arts Council


Protection from the Wind: Japanese Decorative Screens, Structure, Style and Evolution
Wednesday, March 7, 12pm

Using several screens from the Frank Lloyd Wright collection, Roger Dunn will discuss the structure, function and history of the Japanese Screen, including a brief reference to some of the main artistic schools.

Presented by the Museum’s Asian Arts Council.


Daily Docent-guided tours at 1pm, repeating on Wednesdays at 6pm.


Tickets are $5, FREE for Museum Members.

The Pruitt-Igoe Myth
Sunday, January 8, 1pm

The Pruitt-Igoe Myth tells the story of the wholesale changes that took place in the American city in the decades after World War II, through the lens of an infamous housing development in St. Louis.

Sunday, January 22, 1pm

Set to a haunting score by Phillip Glass, this film makes use of time lapse and slow motion photography to juxtapose different images of movement. The film develops a feeling of chaos as man is shown to be pushing nature out of balance.

The Greening of Southie
Wednesday, January 25, 7pm

What happens when you’re asked to build the city of tomorrow … today? Set on the rugged streets of South Boston, The Greening of Southie is the story of a revolutionary Green Building, and the union teams that bring it to life.

Sunday, April 1, 1pm

Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman team up for a futuristic thriller centering on a genetically altered society of have and have-nots.

Sunday, April 29, 1pm

Urbanized is a feature-length documentary that considers the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world’s foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers.


December 18, 12 – 3pm

Join us for opening day of Frank Lloyd Wright: Organic Architecture for the 21st Century! The whole family can have fun with family-friendly tours, building and drawing activities, and new, engaging scavenger hunts inspired by Mr. Wright!

This exhibition is co-organized by the Milwaukee Art Museum
and Phoenix Art Museum, in collaboration with the
Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Scottsdale, Arizona.
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