PHOTO: Furniture, color schemes, photographs, home movies and architectural plans are part of the exhibition “Frank Lloyd Wright’s Samara: A Mid-Century Dream Home” on display in three galleries of the
Completed a few years before Frank Lloyd Wright’s death in 1959, the home continues to be a residence today. The home also is open to tours as living example of what Wright wrought as a maddening genius architect.
Maddening? An audio recording in the exhibition gives an example. The couple, John and Kay Christian, asked for some normal stuff with the home. Real regular – a basement and a garage. HA! Frank Lloyd Wright operated on much loftier levels than that. No basement. He did figure in a carport, though.
The exhibition is “Frank Lloyd Wright’s Samara: A Mid-Century Dream Home.” Displays take up three galleries in the
The main portion of the exhibition tracks the design and building of the home in
The exhibit gives the impression of participation of the family. Displays include correspondence of a five-plus year process, home movies of the home under construction, home movies of family functions in the house, hands-on photos and objects, reproductions of the architect’s concept of the home in its setting, ample architectural drawings of the home at various stages and color samples for fabrics.
The trademark Frank Lloyd Wright thrust toward completeness is present. Frank Lloyd Wright didn’t just do shells of homes, just layouts of rooms, just the basics. He had his fingers into everything with his Usonian style. The exhibition includes pieces of furniture of his concept, including a bed stand, chairs and tables of Wright geometric designs down to wood grain in some cases.
The exhibit, which continues until Oct. 10 (see www.snc.edu/artgalleries), demonstrates the impact Frank Lloyd Wright had on the thinking and ongoing lives of members of one family. To think of all the other ventures and misadventures Frank Lloyd Wright was into is daunting.
VENUE: The Carol and
THE PEOPLE: Carol and Robert Bush continue to be active in the
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