Frank Gehry gets more love from ‘The Simpsons’


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It’s official. The writers of ‘The Simpsons’ are huge fans of Frank Gehry.

The L.A. architect got a shout-out in the final ten minutes of Sunday’s episode during a fantasy sequence in which baby Maggie (voiced by Jodie Foster) becomes an architectural prodigy.


Using toy blocks, she created miniature versions of the Colosseum, the Empire State Building and... Walt Disney Concert Hall! (Her creations flew by so you had to have paid close attention. Luckily, we at Culture Monster have our antennae on permanent alert just for high-brow references like that.)

Unfortunately, Maggie’s callous daycare center teacher is not impressed with her gifts and casually destroys her creations.

(You can watch the entire episode here.)

This isn’t the first time that Gehry’s work has been featured on ‘The Simpsons.’

The architect guest-starred on the Fox animated show in 2005. In that episode, Marge convinces the Springfield Cultural Activities Board to fund a concert hall designed by Gehry. But on opening night, a performance of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony drives the audience away. Mr. Burns eventually takes over the hall and turns it into The Montgomery Burns State Prison.

-- David Ng

Image courtesy of Fox.