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New York Guggenheim Exhibition – Sackler Center for Arts Education

Jul 16, 2012

Guggenheim Museum Frank Lloyd Wright Exhibition

Guggenheim FLW’s First Buildings in New York City Exhibition

Guggenheim Exhibition Examines Frank Lloyd Wright’s First Buildings in New York City

Exhibition: A Long-Awaited Tribute: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian House and Pavilion

Venue: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, New York
Location: Sackler Center for Arts Education
Dates: Jul 27, 2012 – Feb 13, 2013

(NEW YORK, NY – July 16, 2012) — In 1953, six years before the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum opened to the public, two of his structures—a pavilion and model Usonian house—were built on the future site of the museum to house a temporary exhibition displaying the architect’s lifelong work. From July 27, 2012, to February 13, 2013, the Sackler Center for Arts Education at the Guggenheim Museum will present A Long-Awaited Tribute: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian House and Pavilion, an exhibition comprised of selected materials from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Archives, highlighting the first Wright buildings erected in New York City.

Guggenheim Museum New York
photo : David M. Heald, © SRGF, New York

This exhibition is organized by Francine Snyder, Director of Library and Archives, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

Constructed to adjoin the museum, then located in a townhouse on Fifth Avenue near East 88th Street, Wright’s temporary pavilion was made of glass, fiberboard, and pipe columns, measuring 145 feet long and covering nearly 10,000 square feet with a roof that was over 20 feet at its peaked ridge. Inside the pavilion, a traveling exhibition entitled Sixty Years of Living Architecture: The Work of Frank Lloyd Wright featured sixteen models of Wright’s renowned buildings, accompanied by photographs, floor plans, and drawings.

Also featured with the exhibition was a full-scale model of Wright’s Usonian house, built to the northeast of the pavilion and accessible through a courtyard and garden. The 1,700-square-foot, fully furnished, two-bedroom house represented a concept first developed by Wright in the mid-1930s, during the midst of the economic depression. The modest, distinctively American, middle-class dwelling featured seven rooms that were fully equipped with everything from pots and pans to cosmetics. Additionally, the model Usonian house was outfitted with furniture designed by Wright and decorated with various artworks, including mobiles created by Alexander Calder.

The two structures, whose construction was organized by Wright, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s second director James Johnson Sweeney, and former Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation president Harry Guggenheim, were open to the public from October 22 to December 13, 1953, after which they were disassembled in early 1954. Aware of his lack of architectural recognition in New York City prior to the opening of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 1959, Wright declared: “this house and the pavilion alongside it . . . represent a long-awaited tribute: the first Wright building[s] erected in New York City.”

Frank Lloyd Wright, Sixty Years of Living Architecture Exhibition Building (demolished), New York. Perspective (presentation drawing), 1953. Graphite and ink on tracing paper, 91 x 196 cm:
Guggenheim Museum New York
Drawing © 1988 Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Scottsdale, Arizona

A Long-Awaited Tribute: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian House and Pavilion highlights these two buildings through a rich selection of over thirty archival objects—including correspondence about planning, sketches, blueprints, and a plot model, as well as films with Wright and general contractor David Henken (a former apprentice at Taliesin, Wright’s estate, and founding member of the planned community Usonia, located in Mount Pleasant, New York), depicting the construction site and views of the models in the pavilion. Newspaper and magazine clippings give a sense of the public reception of Wright’s buildings, and several photographs range from documentation of construction—Wright and Henken reviewing architectural drawings or Taliesin apprentices on-site—to those taken at the opening of the two buildings, such as crowds at the exhibition and interiors of the Usonian house.

Sketches by Frank Lloyd Wright sent to James Johnson Sweeney, illustrating the pavilion and Usonian house, May 23, 1953 Copy in the Estate of James Johnson Sweeney collection:
Usonian house Usonian house
Drawings © Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Scottsdale, Arizona

The original, archival press release announcing the temporary buildings and exhibition is available for download at

The Sackler Center for Arts Education at the Guggenheim Museum Opened to the public in fall 2001, the Sackler Center for Arts Education serves as a dynamic 21st-century education hub and learning laboratory that offers innovative public programs in the visual, performing, and literary arts. Exploration and experimentation with new technologies is the center’s hallmark, which broadens and enriches programs for youth, adults, and families.

Artists as well as cultural and academic institutions are valued collaborative partners. An 8,200-square-foot education facility, the Sackler Center comprises Studio Art, Computer, and Multimedia Labs, the New Media Theater, an exhibition gallery, the Resource Center, the Conference Room, and education offices. It also includes the Peter B. Lewis Theater, part of Frank Lloyd Wright’s original architectural design for the building. For more information about the Sackler Center visit

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum New York – Visitor information

Admission: Adults $22, students/seniors (65+) $18, members and children under 12 free. Admission includes an audio tour of the current exhibition available in English, with highlights of the Guggenheim’s permanent collection, available in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish.

Museum Hours: Sun-Wed, 10 am-5:45 pm; Fri, 10 am-5:45 pm; Sat, 10 am-7:45 pm; closed Thurs. On Saturdays, beginning at 5:45 pm, the museum hosts Pay What You Wish. For general information, call 212 423 3500.

Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright Buildings – Selection

Martin House Complex, Buffalo, USA
Frank Lloyd Wright House in Buffalo
photo : Biff Henrich / courtesy MHRC
Frank Lloyd Wright House in Buffalo

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
Guggenheim Museum New York
photo : David M. Heald, © SRGF, New York
Guggenheim Museum New York

Zimmerman House, Manchester, New Hampshire, USA
Frank Lloyd Wright house
photo © Adrian Welch
Frank Lloyd Wright house : photos exclusive to e-architect

Houses of Sagaponac, Long Island, NY, USA
Bachman Wilson House, NJ by Frank Lloyd Wright:
Bachman Wilson House
picture from Brown Harris Stevens
Houses of Sagaponac

Florida Southern Colleges – Child of the Sun, Florida, USA
Annie Pfeiffer Chapel
photo © Robin Hill
Florida Southern Colleges

About the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Founded in 1937, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of art, primarily of the modern and contemporary periods, through exhibitions, educational programs, research initiatives, and publications. Currently the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation owns and operates the Guggenheim Museum on Fifth Avenue in New York and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection on the Grand Canal in Venice, and provides programming and management for the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao.

The Deutsche Guggenheim in Berlin is the result of a collaboration, begun in 1997, between the Guggenheim Foundation and Deutsche Bank. The Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, a museum of modern and contemporary art designed by Frank Gehry on Saadiyat Island and adjacent to the main island of Abu Dhabi city, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, is currently in progress. More information about the foundation can be found at

Guggenheim Museum: 1071 Fifth Ave at 89th St, New York, NY 10128

Guggenheim Frank Lloyd Wright Exhibition information from Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

Location: 1071 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY, USA

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
Frank Lloyd Wright
Guggenheim Museum New York
photo : David M. Heald, © SRGF, New York
Guggenheim Museum New York

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