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Authors on Architecture: Smith on Wright
SAH/SCC Lecture & Book Signing, Santa Monica
Sunday, March 17, 2019

Join SAH/SCC as we explore a fascinating aspect of the legacy of Frank Lloyd Wright. Author Kathryn Smith will deliver a lecture on her latest book, Wright on Exhibit (Princeton University Press, 2017), at Santa Monica Public Library (Moore Ruble Yudell, 2006)

More than 100 exhibitions of Frank Lloyd Wright’s work were mounted between 1894 and his death in 1959. Wright organized the majority of these exhibitions himself and viewed them as crucial to his self-presentation, as he did his extensive writings. He used them to promote his designs, appeal to new viewers, and persuade his detractors. Wright on Exhibit presents the first history of this neglected aspect of the architect’s influential career.

Drawing extensively from Wright’s unpublished correspondence, Smith challenges the preconceived notion of Wright as a self-promoter who displayed his work in search of money, clients, and fame. She shows how he was an artist-architect projecting an avant-garde program, an innovator who expanded the palette of installation design as technology evolved, and a social activist driven to revolutionize society through design.

Wright on Exhibit features color renderings, photos, and plans, as well as a checklist of exhibitions and an illustrated catalog of extant and lost models made under Wright’s supervision.

Smith—an architectural historian who specializes in all things Wright—is the author of Frank Lloyd Wright—Hollyhock House and Olive Hill (Rizzoli, 1992), Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin and Taliesin West (Harry N. Abrams, 1997), and Frank Lloyd Wright: American Master (Rizzoli 2009), among others.

Wright on Exhibit will be available for sale and signing by the author.

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