Frank Lloyd Wright Trust Celebrating Wright 150

To celebrate 150 years since Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth on June 8, 1867, the Trust will present an array of programs and collaborate with our cultural partners around Chicago and the country. Details and additional programs will be added to this page as they become available. Plan to join us for these special programs.


July 2017

Unity Temple July 1
Unity Temple
Public tours of magnificent Unity Temple return Saturday, July 1, following a comprehensive restoration of the building. Marvel at Wright’s bold design, now restored to his original vision. Buy tickets now.
Guggenheim July 8–10
Travel Wright: New York City: Wright’s Urban Vision
Trust travelers will view MoMA’s exhibition, Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archives and explore Wright architecture.
Sold Out. Waiting list available: 312.994.4024.
Chicago Design Museum logo July 18
Partnership with Chicago Design Museum
ChiDM Presents: Frank Lloyd Wright Trust
Prolific and visionary, Frank Lloyd Wright was one of the most influential architects of the modern age. Join Frank Lloyd Wright Trust curator David Bagnall as he provides an introduction to the life and work of one of the 20th century’s most radical modernists.
Hyogo-Daibutsu, Nofukuji Temple Online Exhibition: Wright’s Japan Photographs, 1905
Opening July 2017 on flwright.org.
A new online exhibition of Wright’s personal 1905 photographs of Japan, a treasure of the Trust’s archive, that will make the images available to a global audience for the first time.

September 2017

Imperial House September 2–13 and September 12–23
Travel Wright: Japan through the Eyes of Frank Lloyd Wright

A special journey to Japan led by architect and Wright authority Kevin Nute.
Sold Out. Waiting list available: 312.994.4024.
Chicago Gourmet September 20
Partnership with Chicago Gourmet
Daring Design Dinner at the Robie House
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright's birth, gain exclusive access to the treasured house, the epitome of prairie-style architecture, as all-star chefs Carrie Nahabedian and Matthias Merges prepare a luxurious, multi-course meal paired with exquisite white wines.
Buy tickets now.

Visit chicagogourmet.org for the complete lineup.


Year-round

Wright 150 Gift Marathon Wright 150 Gift Marathon
Join the Wright 150 Gift Marathon and make a difference in preservation and education.
Prairie Style Passport 2017 Prairie Style Passport 2017
A celebration of Wright and Prairie. Visit three participating Prairie-style sites and receive a complimentary tour for two at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, where Prairie style was created.
Emil Bach House Emil Bach House
Throughout 2017, the Bach House is offering $150 per night off the current nightly rate.

Past Programs

February 2017

Annual Meeting February 28
Frank Lloyd Wright Trust Members Annual Meeting Wright 150 Program
At The Cliff Dwellers Club, 200 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago
5 pm Light Refreshments
5:30 pm Meeting and Program
6:30 pm Adjourn

March 2017

Home and Studio Skylight March 1-December 31
"Celebrate Wright" Photo Contest
In honor of the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth, visitors are invited to upload photos taken at one of our five Trust sites in 2017 for a chance to be selected as photo of the month.

Participants must tag their photos on Instagram with #Wright150 to enter. Each month’s selected photo will be featured on the Trust’s social accounts (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest) and the photographer will receive two tour tickets to the Trust site of their choice. The “Celebrate Wright” photo contest is open to Trust volunteers as well.

Frank Lloyd Wright - A Film by Ken Burns March 14 and 21
Partnership with Chicago History Museum
Wright 150: Frank Lloyd Wright on Film

March 14
Frank Lloyd Wright: A Film by Ken Burns & Lynn Novick
Encompassing the origins of Frank Lloyd Wright’s career in the Chicago area through the creation of his magnificent Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, Ken Burn’s masterful film beautifully captures the story of America’s greatest architect. Introduction by Frank Lloyd Wright Trust Curator, David Bagnall.

Magnificent Obsession: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Buildings and Legacy in Japan March 21
Magnificent Obsession: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Buildings and Legacy in Japan
The influence of Japanese aesthetics on Frank Lloyd Wright’s design vision was profound. Magnificent Obsession: Frank Lloyd Wright's Buildings and Legacy in Japan is the story of how he repaid that debt. Introduction by Frank Lloyd Wright Trust Curator, David Bagnall.

April 2017

Janice Katz April 20
Partnership with Art Institute of Chicago
Exhibition Preview Gallery Talk with Exhibition Curator Janice Katz
2 pm

Janice Katz, Ph.D., presents a special preview of the exhibition, The Formation of the Japanese Print Collection at the Art Institute of Chicago: Frank Lloyd Wright and the Prairie School. Early registration for Trust Society Level members.

A photograph of the Japanese print exhibition Frank Lloyd Wright April 22-July 23
Partnership with Art Institute of Chicago
Exhibition:
The Formation of the Japanese Print Collection at the Art Institute of Chicago: Frank Lloyd Wright and the Prairie School
Clarence Buckingham Gallery for Japanese Prints
 
Hana Chang illustration

April 24-30
Partnership with the Department of Fashion Design, School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)
Wright 150 Fashion Design Awards
In celebration of Wright 150, fashion design students from SAIC toured the Frederick C. Robie House and created original garment designs inspired by its iconic architecture.

Read more about the Wright 150 Fashion Design Awards.

Visit the Jil Sander showroom at 48 E. Oak St. in Chicago from April 24-30 to view the winning garments, as well as sketches and proposals from the finalists.


May 2017

Wright Night at The Rookery May 18
Wright Night
5:30 to 7:30 pm

Invitation-only sumptuous cocktail reception and silent auction at the magnificent Rookery Light Court to kick off Wright Plus 150. To request an invitation, email tgull@flwright.org.

Wright Plus Housewalk May 20
Wright Plus 150 Housewalk
9 am to 5 pm

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright's birth at Wright Plus 150 on Saturday, May 20. The annual housewalk features an extra Wright home and a walkable tour loop around Wright's Home and Studio.


June 2017

Midway Plaisance June 3-4
Partnership with the Chicago Park District
In collaboration with IIT College of Architecture
Wright 150 in the Parks

Outdoor summer design camp for families. Taught by IIT architecture and design students on Midway Plaisance, Hyde Park. Registration available in March. Program support by Harper Court.
Frank Lloyd Wright Frank Lloyd Wright
June 8, 1867 – June 8, 2017

Celebration of the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth resets the lens of history, persuading us to reconsider his artistic achievement on the international stage of modernism. As personal remembrances of his contemporaries fade, the work endures and is elevated in estimation and depth of meaning. Wright’s story is rich with the influences that sparked his imagination and shaped his completely original talent. In the presence of his work, the next generation confronts anew the power of individual vision.

Kinrysan Temple June 8
Wright 150 Celebration Evening

Partnership with Art Institute of Chicago
The Art of Life: Frank Lloyd Wright and the Organic Nature of Japanese Art
Lecture by Kevin Nute, author of Frank Lloyd Wright and Japan, in the Art Institute of Chicago’s Fullerton Hall. 6 pm.
 
At 7 pm, following the lecture, a celebration dinner at the University Club of Chicago, 76 E. Monroe St.
 
Combined lecture and dinner tickets: $100 per person (includes reserved seating at lecture and dinner).
 

Wright 150 Celebration June 8
Festive Neighborhood Open Houses at Frank Lloyd Wright Trust historic sites around Chicago

Due to overwhelming response, registration for the Open House is now closed.

Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, Oak Park, 6 to 8 pm
Robie House, Hyde Park (Chicago), 6 to 8 pm
Bach House, Rogers Park (Chicago), 4 to 7 pm

Hill House June 9–18
Travel Wright: Morris to Mackintosh: British Arts and Crafts

Led by Arts and Crafts expert, author Peter Cormack, especially for Wright 150.
Sold Out. Waiting list available: 312.994.4024.
Frank Lloyd Wright illustration June 10
Frank Lloyd Wright Day at the National Building Museum

10 am - 3 pm, FREE
National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW, Washington DC

Join the National Building Museum's celebration of Frank Lloyd Wright at "Frank Lloyd Wright Day," featuring curators' lighting talks and activities for all ages. Attendees create stained glass ornaments in Wright's signature style, build paper models of the Research Tower at the Johnson Wax Headquarters, "visit" iconic Wright buildings via Google Cardboard VR, and test how much load cantilevers can bear. The program is free to the public thanks to the support of Dr. Lawrence Spinelli.

Frank Lloyd Wright. March Balloons June 12–October 1
Exhibition: Museum of Modern Art New York
Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archives
The first major presentation of MoMA and the Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University’s joint acquisition of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives five years ago. The exhibition encompasses Wright’s career structured as an anthology, including architectural drawings, models, letters, photographs, films, and objects drawn from their collection.

Photo credits:
Frank Lloyd Wright. March Balloons. 1955. Drawing based on a c. 1926 design for Liberty magazine. Colored pencil on paper, 28 1/4 x 24 1/2 in. (71.8 x 62.2 cm). The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York)

Art Institute of Chicago
A photograph of the Japanese print exhibition Frank Lloyd Wright organized at the Art Institute in 1908. (Collection of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust)

Frank Lloyd Wright Trust Japan Photos website
Hyogo-Daibutsu, Nofukuji Temple, Kobe, Frank Lloyd Wright, 1905. (Collection of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust)

Kevin Nute lecture
Utagawa Hiroshige, 'Kinryūsan Temple at Asakusa,' from the series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo, 1856

National Building Museum
Frank Lloyd Wright illustration by Vlad Zabavskiy

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