Frank Lloyd Wright

Unpacking the Archive


An anthology of critical essays that aims to introduce general audiences to the extraordinary richness of the Wright archive and to highlight the complexity and breadth of the architect’s achievements.

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Barry Bergdoll, Jennifer Gray


Published in conjunction with a major exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, this catalogue reveals new perspectives on the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, a designer so prolific and familiar as to nearly preclude critical reexamination. Structured as a series of inquiries into the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives, the book is a collection of scholarly explorations rather than an attempt to construct a master narrative. Each chapter centers on a key object from the archive that an invited author has “unpacked”-interpreting and contextualizing it, tracing its meanings and connections, and juxtaposing it with other works from the archive, from MoMA, or from outside collections. The publication aims to open up Wright’s work to questions, interrogations, and debates, and to highlight interpretations by contemporary scholars, both established Wright experts and others considering this iconic figure from new and illuminating perspectives.

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Weight 1861 g
Dimensions 25.1 x 30.9 cm
Publisher name The Museum of Modern Art
Publication date 1 September 2017
Number of pages 256
Format Hardback
Dimensions 25.1 x 30.9 cm
Weight 1861 g


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Barry Bergdoll is Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art and Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History and Archaeology, Department of Art History, Columbia University. Jennifer Gray is Project Research Assistant in the Department of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art.