Frank Lloyd Wright and New York: Anthony Alofsin with Judith Dupré

Wed. Sep 18, 2019 at 6:30pm EDT
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A leading authority on Frank Lloyd Wright reveals the role that New York had on shaping the career of America’s most famous architect.

Wright and New York book cover Frank Lloyd Wright denounced New York as an “unlivable prison,” but in the 1920s the city gave him a refuge from personal and creative troubles, provided key clients and commissions, and helped him to resurrect a foundering career. The massive, sprawling metropolis unlocked new creative energies and later served as a foil for Wright’s work in the desert and in promoting “organic architecture.” And at the end of his life, Wright spent his final years at the Plaza Hotel working on the Guggenheim.

Prize-winning author and leading Wright authority Anthony Alofsin discusses how he discovered Wright’s complex relationship to New York City with foundational research in the recently opened Wright archives at Columbia University and the Museum of Modern Art. He speaks with structural historian and best-selling architectural writer Judith Dupré.

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Celeste Auditorium at South Court (1st Floor) The New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 42nd Street & 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10016