Below is the audio for my New York Public Radio (WNYC) commentary (click the arrow) on the Museum of Modern Art’s just opened Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs.Dispersal (to June 1). It’s the first exhibition drawn from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives, which MoMA jointly acquired with Columbia University’s Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library.
Here are the two models for projects that I mentioned in my remarks:
One drawing I wish I had mentioned was Wright’s no-longer-so-outlandish concept for the “Mile High City” (my apologies for the reflections of lights, at top):
At the press preview, the show’s curator, Barry Bergdoll, MoMA’s acting chief curator for architecture and design, mentioned that Wright’s concept of an improbably narrow, vertiginously tall skyscraper, outlandish at the time, has now become reality in other parts of the world. (Think The Shard in London and Burj Khalifa in Dubai.)