Frank Lloyd Wright’s Southwestern Pennsylvania
This exhibition offers a multimedia experience by presenting immersive videos and models of unrealized residential, commercial, and civic projects designed by Frank Lloyd Wright from the 1930s through the 50s.
Realistic animated films, created by Skyline Ink Animators + Illustrators, provide, for the first time, a virtual exploration of five unrealized Wright projects for Southwestern Pennsylvania. These include a monumental reimagining of the Point (1947), a self-service garage for Kaufmann’s Department Store (1949), the Point View Residences designed for the Edgar J. Kaufmann Charitable Trust (1952), the Rhododendron Chapel (1952), and a gate lodge for the Fallingwater grounds (1941). Using three-dimensional rendering technology to choreograph camera paths and to shape lighting to produce the same type of visual effects used in the film industry, Skyline Ink’s resulting animations will be presented throughout the exhibition to provide a multimedia experience. A viewing theater set within the Museum’s Cantilever Galleries will envelop visitors to show an expanded film of the three unrealized Pittsburgh designs. To further engage the senses, the film will feature an accompanying musical score by Daniel May with Marty Ashby and produced by MCG Jazz. Viewers will take a journey into Wright’s creative mind, exploring architecture from an artistic perspective, with emphasis on his intended materials, textures, light and shadow.
Co-organized by The Westmoreland Museum of American Art and Fallingwater®, a property entrusted to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy.
An exhibition focusing on the unbuilt works Wright designed specifically for the Fallingwater estate will be on view in Fallingwater’s Speyer Gallery from October 15 through the end of December 2023. More details on this exhibition can be found at fallingwater.org/exhibitions.
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This Exhibition is related to Toshiko Mori & Frank Lloyd Wright: Dialogue in Details.
Toshiko Mori & Frank Lloyd Wright: Dialogue in Details, a complementary exhibition to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Southwestern Pennsylvania, will be presented in The Westmoreland’s Paneled Rooms, on view from October 15, 2023, through January 14, 2024.
This exhibition is generously supported by The Heinz Endowments and The Hillman Exhibition Fund of The Westmoreland Museum of American Art.