Natural Wonders

A Frank Lloyd Wright exhibition in his native Wisconsin explores his organic roots

Written by Laura Regensdorf

frank-lloyd-wright-exhibit-article.jpg“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature,” Frank Lloyd Wright advised his apprentices. “It will never fail you.” The architect may have been born in the wake of the Civil War, but his words still resonate with today’s green building movement. For Wright, architecture was a means to connect people to their environments, through the use of local materials (wood, limestone) as well as organic forms (the cantilevered planes of Fallingwater, the Guggenheim’s snail-like spiral). On the centennial of Taliesin, his Wisconsin home and studio, the Milwaukee Art Museum puts the forward-thinking architect into fresh perspective. A cache of rarely seen drawings will be on view, with scale models, video footage, and furniture designed for his interiors.

“Frank Lloyd Wright: Organic Architecture for the 21st Century,” Milwaukee Art Museum, February 12 through May 15; mam.org.

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