Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

MoMA's love-hate relationship with Frank Lloyd Wright is on display in wide-ranging new retrospective

MoMA's love-hate relationship with Frank Lloyd Wright is on display in wide-ranging new retrospective

The relationship between the Museum of Modern Art and Frank Lloyd Wright has been very complicated for a very long time.

Wright has appeared in more MoMA exhibitions (11 in all) than any other architect. Five years ago the museum and Columbia University jointly acquired his mammoth archive. This summer, to celebrate that acquisition and mark the 150th anniversary of Wright’s birth, the museum has opened a wide-ranging and often surprising exhibition called “Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive.”

Yet MoMA, as a leading champion of orthodox modernism, has also shared (and sometimes amplified) that movement’s doubts about Wright. Philip Johnson, the tastemaking...

EDITION: California | U.S. & World
70°