National Life Insurance Company Building, project, 1924–25, by Frank Lloyd Wright. Part of the exhibit Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal, at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, opening Saturday. (Image courtesy of MoMA and The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives.)
- NYC: Carrie Mae Weems, The Museum Series, at the Studio Museum in Harlem. Opens Thursday, in Harlem.
- NYC: Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris, at the Metropolitan Museum. Opens today, on the Upper East Side.
- NYC: The Flowering of Edo Era Painting, at the Metropolitan Museum. Opens Saturday, on the Upper East Side.
- NYC: Hassan Hajjaj: Kesh Angels, at Taymour Grahne. Through March 2, in Tribeca
- NYC: Shirin Neshat: Our House is On Fire, at the Rauschenberg Foundation Project Space. Opens Thursday at 6pm, in Chelsea.
- NYC: Indie Tech Talks #16: Eddo Stern, at the NYU Game Innovation Lab. This Thursday at 7pm, in downtown Brooklyn.
- NYC: Resisting surveillance in practical and day-to-day situations, a panel with Adam Harvey, Geneviewe Hoffman, Becky Hurwitz, Ceren Erdem, at Apexart. This Saturday at 4pm, in downtown Manhattan.
- Northampton, Mass: The Eye is a Door: Landscape Photographs by Anne Whiston Spirn, at the Smith College Museum of Art. Opens Friday.
- L.A.: Fictions, with Josh Atlas, Srijon Chowdhury, Guan Rong and Alexandra Wiesenfeld, at Klowden Mann. Opens Saturday at 6pm, in Culver City.
- L.A.: LA Art Book Fair 2014, at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Starts this Friday at 11am through Sunday.
Fallingwater, by Frank Lloyd Wright. See my photos of Wright’s Florida Southern College campus here. (Photo by C-M.)
- In NYC: Frank Lloyd Wright: From Within Outward at the Guggenheim, opens Friday. Plus: On Thursday, the museum launches a two-day symposium on architecture called Now What Architecture.
- In NYC: Ernesto Neto at the Park Avenue Armory, opens Thursday.
- In NYC: The New York Photo Festival, in Dumbo, starts tomorrow
- In NYC: Robert Longo: Surrendering the Absolutes at Metro Pictures, through May 30.
- In Minneapolis: Designing Obama, a panel at the Walker Art Center, this evening at 7:00 p.m.
- In Seattle: Desmadre: Fresh Latino Perspectives in America at Vermillion, opens Thursday.
- In L.A.: Jean Lowe at Rosamund Felsen Gallery in Santa Monica, through May 16.
- In L.A.: My Certain Fate, a group show featuring Martin Bromirski, Manuel Dominguez Jr. and Katy Stone, curated by Timothy Buckwalter, at Pharmaka in downtown, opens Thursday.
- In L.A.: Sebastião Salgado gives a talk at the Hammer Museum, tonight at 7 p.m.
- In NYC: Nunca at Galerie Le Fleuve, opens Thursday.
Esplanade detail of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed campus at Florida Southern College, in Lakeland. (Photos by C-M.)
One of the benefits of getting sent to Orlando on assignment is that it put me just an hour from Lakeland, the home of Florida Southern College, and the largest single-site collection of Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in the world (built 1938-58). As with most Wright structures, the story of their construction is as interesting as the buildings themselves. In this case, the tiny, Methodist institution got Wright’s designs built by relying on unpaid college students working off their tuition. Some of the structures have recently undergone a renovation (such as the esplanades, pictured above). Further restoration is in the works. These buildings, if you’re anywhere in Central Florida (they’re only 45 minutes from Tampa; 90 minutes from Sarasota), are definitely worth a visit.
Click on photos to see them large. Money shots after the jump.