Visit the Exhibit Featuring Frank Lloyd Wright at Kalamazoo Valley Museum

A collection of drawings and photographs titled Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior, is on display at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum until Dec. 9.

The exhibit showcases designs of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s houses and their interiors. The 28 drawings and photographs show Wright’s distinct style and why he is considered one of the greatest of American architects. Wright was prolific throughout his long career, designing more than 1,000 buildings.

He is famous for his organic architecture philosophy, which harmonized the natural landscape and human values with the structure itself. This exhibition of reproduction drawings of interiors, furnishings, and household objects offers a view into Wright’s creative conception of the interior spaces of his houses.

In Wright’s house designs, structure and ornament are one. Every feature of the house, from the overall structure, to the interior, down to the smallest details and objects, was conceived by Wright from the beginning as a single idea.

A few of the houses and interiors represented in the exhibit are:

  • Frederick Robie House, Chicago
  • Herman Mossberg House, South Bend, Ind.
  • Edward E. Boynton House, Rochester, N.Y.
  • Table and Chair Design, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Scottsdale, Ariz.
  • “Taliesin Line” project, “The Four Square” Design for Heritage-Henredon

Wright maximized the feeling of open space while accommodating various functions for daily living. In the Robie House, for example, a single sightline extends from one end of the house to the other, visually connecting all of the areas.

Functional furnishings were built into the structure in order to free floor space. Wright’s objects are not decorated, but rather the character of the structure engages the viewer’s senses of sight and touch by color, texture, pattern, contour, light, and shadow. The works in Architecture of the Interior reveal how all elements in Wright’s design express the overarching abstract geometric order of the house.

Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior was organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, D.C., in cooperation with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Scottsdale, Ariz.

The Kalamazoo Valley Museum is operated by Kalamazoo Valley Community College and governed by its Board of Trustees.

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