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Frank Lloyd Wright with Dr. Jennie Hirsh


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This seminar offers a survey of American architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s work, touching on key aspects of his career and lasting contributions to the field of architecture.

This seminar will explore how Frank Lloyd Wright revolutionized modern architecture, touching on his trademark visions, such as his Prairie style and Usonian houses. We will touch on key sites, such as Frederick C. Robie House in Chicago, IL, Falling Water in Mill Run, PA, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City, the Beth Sholom synagogue in Elkins Park, PA. We will also discuss other built and unbuilt projects that are lesser-known, such as his plans for an unrealized housing development in the East Village of New York City. At the same time, we will also discuss his writing and teaching (at Taliesin) and the "fellowship" that he set up there.

Led by an expert on modern and contemporary art and architecture, Jennie Hirsh, this interactive seminar will delve into the rich subject of Frank Lloyd Wright's projects, writing, and legacy. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the contributions and nuances of Frank Lloyd Wright's oeuvre.

This conversation is part of a series on architects with Dr. Jennie Hirsh. Each session is designed as a stand-alone seminar as well as part of the series.

Jennie Hirsh (Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College) is a Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has held postdoctoral fellowships at Princeton and Columbia Universities, as well as pre-doctoral fellowships from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, the U.S. Fulbright Commission, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and the Wolfsonian FIU. Hirsh has authored essays on artists including Giorgio de Chirico, Giorgio Morandi, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Yinka Shonibare, and Regina Silveira, and is co-editor, with Isabelle Wallace, of Contemporary Art and Classical Myth (Ashgate 2011).

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Understanding Frank Lloyd Wright

I will be visiting Illinois in September including some structures designed by FLW, and it was most helpful to learn so much about not just his buildings but his philosophy about architecture. Form doesn't follow function...form and function are one...I think I've operated on this concept much of the life already too...

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Excellent overview of FLW

Dr. Hirsh presentation was personable, well researched and beautifully illustrated with photos, drawings and videos.

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T.W.
Memory Lane

My sister and I grew up in Chicago. As children, we were surrounded by Frank Lloyd Wright's buildings. Dr. Hirsh's lecture was quite insightful and allowed us to take a trip down memory lane.

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T.W.
I Thought I Knew, But Now I Truly Know

Frank Lloyd Wright is a household name. I thought I knew most of what there is to know about him, the basics at least. Nope! Dr. Hirsh's engaging lecture revealed MUCH MORE. In addition to the 'what, when, where, how', she discussed the 'why' behind his work- his decisions and influences. That was new for me. We learned tantalizing details about Wright's personal life, his travels, acquaintances. Dr. Hirsh even took us on a virtual video tour, an unexpected treat. She crafted an intellectual and intimate learning environment reminiscent of my university days.
Thanks to her seminar, I have a renewed interest in exploring my city and neighborhood in search of architectural charms that were undoubtedly inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright. I can't wait to start searching.
Brava Dr. Jennie Hirsh! Brava!

Customer Reviews

Based on 11 reviews
91%
(10)
9%
(1)
0%
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(0)
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A.P.
Understanding Frank Lloyd Wright

I will be visiting Illinois in September including some structures designed by FLW, and it was most helpful to learn so much about not just his buildings but his philosophy about architecture. Form doesn't follow function...form and function are one...I think I've operated on this concept much of the life already too...

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A.

Guest did not leave comment

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K.M.
Excellent overview of FLW

Dr. Hirsh presentation was personable, well researched and beautifully illustrated with photos, drawings and videos.

T
T.W.
Memory Lane

My sister and I grew up in Chicago. As children, we were surrounded by Frank Lloyd Wright's buildings. Dr. Hirsh's lecture was quite insightful and allowed us to take a trip down memory lane.

T
T.W.
I Thought I Knew, But Now I Truly Know

Frank Lloyd Wright is a household name. I thought I knew most of what there is to know about him, the basics at least. Nope! Dr. Hirsh's engaging lecture revealed MUCH MORE. In addition to the 'what, when, where, how', she discussed the 'why' behind his work- his decisions and influences. That was new for me. We learned tantalizing details about Wright's personal life, his travels, acquaintances. Dr. Hirsh even took us on a virtual video tour, an unexpected treat. She crafted an intellectual and intimate learning environment reminiscent of my university days.
Thanks to her seminar, I have a renewed interest in exploring my city and neighborhood in search of architectural charms that were undoubtedly inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright. I can't wait to start searching.
Brava Dr. Jennie Hirsh! Brava!