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FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT’S 150th ANNIVERSARY

This year marks the 150th birthday of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, who was born in Richland Center, Wisconsin, attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and spent summers in nearby Spring Green. The area is celebrating this milestone with a variety of special events. Next time you’re in Madison, discover Mr. Wright through one of these offerings.

 

YEAR-ROUND TOURS

Taliesin

Spring Green
A variety of tours ranging from one- to four-hours are offered from May to October at Frank Lloyd Wright’s 800-acre estate in Spring Green.


First Unitarian Society Meeting House

Madison
Weekday tours are offered twice daily, May through September, and free tours are offered year-round after Sunday services.


Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center

Madison
This Wright-designed spot is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2017. Public tours are offered daily May through October. From November through April, tours are offered Friday through Monday.


Frank Lloyd Wright Trail

Throughout Wisconsin
The new Frank Lloyd Wright Trail is a self-guided architecture tour of some of Wright’s greatest works. The 200-mile trail starts on I-94 at the Illinois state border, travels north to Milwaukee, through Madison and ends in Richmond Center, where Wright was born.

 

APRIL

An Exhibition of Riverview Terrace Memorabilia on Its 50th Anniversary

April 1-November 30, 2017
Visit Taliesin to see an exhibit of memorabilia, including never-before-seen collection of photographs of the Riverview Terrace under construction from the 1950s through 1969.


Wright Design Series: Frank Lloyd Wright on Delavan Lake

April 25, 2017
Frank Lloyd Wright not only designed urban and suburban homes, he also planned summer lake cottages like The Fred B. Jones House, or Penwern, on Lake Delavan. Join Mark Hertzberg, a Racine-based Wright expert and photographer, to learn about this property which included a house, boathouse, gate lodge and a stable.

 

MAY

An Exhibition of Pedro E. Guerrero Photography of Frank Lloyd Wright: Celebrating Two American Masters in their Anniversary Years

May 1-October 31, 2017
A 20-year friendship between Frank Lloyd Wright and photographer Pedro E. Guerrero is celebrated at this Hillside Home School event.


Wright Design Lecture: Mark Rios

May 17, 2017
Join architect Mark Rios for the 100th lecture in the Wright Design Series. Discuss design and its ability to connect people to each other and the world around us.


Tour du Taliesin

May 21, 2017
Cyclists will enjoy the 20 to 100 mile bike ride through the scenic and hilly Driftless Region that Frank Lloyd Wright called home. All routes start and end at his 800-acre estate.

 

JUNE

50 percent off Tours at Taliesin

June 6-8, 2017
Tour Taliesin during Wright’s 150th birthday weekend and receive 50 percent off. All public tours at Taliesin will be offered at half-price.


From Coops to Cathedrals Exhibit Opening

June 7, 2017
Kids can immerse themselves with nature, experiment with materials and design their own models at From Coops to Cathedrals, a new exhibit at Madison Children’s Museum. The exhibit celebrates the nature, childhood and architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright.


Bach Dancing and Dynamite Summer Concert Series

June 11, 18 and 25, 2017
For its 26th season, the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society brings world-class musicians to Taliesin’s Hillside Theater for a three-week summer concert series.


Wright Celebration for Kids with Author/Entertainer Bob Kann

June 17, 2017
The whole family can celebrate Wright’s birthday with this fun and interactive presentation by children’s author and entertainer Bob Kann. Afterward, enjoy birthday cake on the Hillside lawn.

 

JULY

Chinese Brush Painting Workshop with Yeuh-mei Cheng

July 29-30, 2017
Explore the spirit of nature by observation, meditation and imagination at Taliesin. Participants of all levels will learn the fundamentals of Chinese painting with simple strokes of ink and subtle color washes.

 

AUGUST

Photographing Wright Workshop

August 5-6, 2017
Photographer Andrew Pielage will lead a photography workshop that features the innovative architecture of Taliesin. Participants will have access intimate interior and exterior spaces of the estate throughout this fun weekend.


Celebrating Wright’s 150th in Words and Music: The Taliesin Community Chorus Presents a World Premiere Composition

August 6-7, 2017
Music and spoken word from Frank Lloyd Wright and others will be performed by the Rural Musicians Forum, as well as the world premiere of a new choral composition by Scott Gendel.


Design Night Out at Monona Terrace

August 10, 2017
Adults can get can creative at this Wright-inspired night out at Monona Terrace. A design topic will be presented and visitors can enjoy some cocktails as they create art.


Taliesin Farm Dinner

August 27, 2017
Enjoy a four-course farm-to-table dinner with wine and beer pairings in a breathtaking natural environment.

 

SEPTEMBER

A Celebration Honoring Two American Masters: Frank Lloyd Wright and Pedro E. Guerrero

September 5, 2017
A film screening of the PBS American Masters documentary, “Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey” celebrates the 20 year friendship of Guerrero and Wright. Enjoy a reception featuring local wines and cheeses, and explore an exhibit of Guerrero’s photography.


Taliesin Farm Dinner

September 17, 2017
Enjoy a four-course farm-to-table dinner with wine and beer pairings in a breathtaking natural environment.


50th Anniversary Gala at the FLW Visitor Center

September 22, 2017
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the opening of Wright’s Riverview Terrace, which overlooks the Wisconsin River. The evening includes a dinner made of Taliesin-grown produce and features keynote speakers who will present the rich history of Taliesin.

 

OCTOBER

Write on! for Families

October 1, 2017
Create and build Wright-inspired designs with the whole family. Plus, you can learn about Monona Terrace and other Frank Lloyd Wright designs.


Taliesin Farm Dinner

October 8, 2017
Enjoy a four-course farm-to-table dinner with wine and beer pairings in a breathtaking natural environment.

 

NOVEMBER

The Unknown Craftsman: Creating and Recreating, Furniture designed by Frank Lloyd Wright

November 16, 2017
Wright’s iconic barrel chair was built for the house of Darwin Martin in Buffalo, NY, and the original chairs were made in Milwaukee. Designer Alan Anderson will share the story of how he studied not only the chairs, but also the history of furniture making and the Martin House, in order to learn the techniques necessary to recreate these works of art.