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The Guggenheim Museum hits 60 and is still turning heads

October 26, 2019

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Guggenheim Museum turns 60 this month. A true beacon of Modern American architecture, it’s been through a lot. NYC Building code turmoil, a proposed plan for a pink exterior, the death of both client and architect—and that was all before construction was completed. Misguided repairs, expansions, aggressive curators and acid rain came later. “It endures everything” is the basic premise of Michael Kimmelman’s happy birthday homage in the NY Times. The article takes a rich historical look back at the Guggenheim’s triumph over adversity story—buildings can have them too—and lands where many of us would. The Guggenheim is a landmark of sculptural architecture that continues to deliver a thrilling experience as Modern as ever.

“With the Guggenheim, Frank Lloyd Wright Built a Soaring and Intimate Sanctuary for Art,” The New York Times, October 18, 2019.

A watercolor and ink sketch by Wright offers an early vision for what could have been a very different, and far more colorful, landmark. 1944. Courtesy of The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives, via The Museum of Modern Art, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York. All rights reserved.
Frank Lloyd Wright inspecting construction of the Guggenheim Museum’s signature spiraling gallery. Sept. 6, 1957. Photo by Sam Falk and courtesy of The New York Times.