On Thursday, June 8, 2017, the Guggenheim Museum in New York City will hold a birthday party to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birthday. The museum, located at 1071 Fifth Avenue, was designed by Wright in the mid-20th century, but the architect did not live to see its completion in 1959.
Although the architect was not fond of New York City as the inevitable home for his masterwork building, the Guggenheim is now considered one of the greatest modernist buildings in Manhattan. To celebrate his work and life achievements, the museum will offer a reduced admission fee of $1.50 and a series of all-day activities to the public beginning at 10:30am. There will even be a Frank Lloyd Wright actor and historian on the scene, who will lead a discussion and blow out birthday candles.
The Guggenheim will also feature “large-scale, rarely seen photographs of the museum during its construction and will add a special birthday cupcake to the day’s menu” inside their newly renovated Cafe 3.
Similarly, on the East side of Manhattan, the MoMa will also begin a seasonal celebration of Wright with a new major exhibition entitled Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive. The exhibition is to include “approximately 450 works made from the 1890s through the 1950s, including architectural drawings, models, building fragments, films, television broadcasts, print media, furniture, tableware, textiles, paintings, photographs, and scrapbooks, along with a number of works that have rarely or never been publicly exhibited,” says the MoMa’s website.
Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive begins June 9, 2017 and runs until October. For more information, check out the exhibit details here.