Celebrating Taliesin's Centennial

Celebrating Taliesin's Centennial -
A Wright Weekend in Wisconsin
May 13-14, 2011


Wright In Milwaukee will open the Burnham St. American-System Built Homes for the Conservancy on Friday, May 13 from 2:00-4:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 15 from 10:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m. to coincide with our Wright Weekend in Wisconsin.

Taliesin is turning 100
and the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy is celebrating with an exclusive two-day package to see Taliesin like never before. The weekend opens with a private, after-hours viewing of the exhibition Frank Lloyd Wright: Organic Architecture for the 21st Century in the Calatrava-designed entry wing of the Milwaukee Art Museum on Friday, May 13, followed by a full-day excursion to Taliesin on Saturday, May 14, guided and interpreted by Taliesin’s preservation principals, Sidney Robinson and Keiran Murphy.

"Arguably Wright's most important and certainly his most personal work," according to Neil Levine, eminent Wright scholar and Harvard professor, Taliesin was both a home and studio, an ever-changing canvas allowing Wright to continuously experiment with new designs as he rebuilt Taliesin after two fires. Following a custom itinerary designed exclusively for the Conservancy, participants will begin their Taliesin experience with a two-hour house tour guided by the preservation principals as they describe and show how and why this "most important" house has evolved. After lunch at the Wright-designed Visitor Center and a tour of Hillside, Sidney K.
Robinson (Preservation Program Coordinator for Taliesin Preservation, Inc. and faculty member at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture) and Keiran Murphy (historic researcher at Taliesin Preservation, Inc.) will give a power point presentation on the preservation initiatives at Taliesin, showing before and after images as the buildings' walls, floors and roofs were opened up down to the footings. Other highlights of the day will include a guided tour of the
Wyoming Valley School and the rarely seen but not to be missed Unity Chapel. The enhanced tour will culminate in a sunset reception in the Taliesin Studio and gardens.

Participants will also have the opportunity to attend a private viewing of the exhibition
Frank Lloyd Wright: Organic Architecture for the 21st Century at the Milwaukee Art Museum on Friday, May 13 after museum closing time. The exhibit will feature over 150 works designed by Wright, including furniture, scale models and 33 rare drawings never seen by the public. Historians and Taliesin Fellowship members will be present to answer questions. As if a building by Eero Saarinen with an addition by Santiago Calatrava and the exhibit were not enough, there will also be a reception in the Quadracci Pavilion overlooking Lake Michigan and a rare nighttime opening of the 217-foot "wings," known as the Burke Brise Soleil.

Due to the specialized nature of these events, participation is limited to the first 55 guests.

The Marriott Courtyard Milwaukee Downtown hotel will serve as the Conservancy’s downtown Milwaukee base for both days’ events. On Saturday, May 14, participants will be picked up and dropped off at the Marriott. Please note that no transportation is provided for Friday, May 13. The FLWBC room block is currently open.

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