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The Show To End All Shows

The Show To End All Shows


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The Show To End All Shows

Edited by Peter Reed and William Kaizen

In 1940, The Museum of Modern Art staged a retrospective of the work of the great American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Then in his 70s, Wright was a full collaborator in the organization of the project, which he intended, he said, to be "the show to end all shows." To accompany the exhibition, the Museum planned a publication including essays from many of the best-known architectural figures of the day—Alvar Aalto, Henry-Russell Hitchcock, Richard Neutra, Mies van der Rohe, and others. Wright, however, took issue with certain parts of the book, and after an incendiary exchange of correspondence, including the architect's threat to cancel the entire exhibition, the show went forward but the book did not. In the 64 years since, the essays that MoMA commissioned have remained in its files. Now, for the first time in one volume, MoMA has published the entire surviving group, along with a full selection of the letters and telegrams between Wright, MoMA staff, and others.

Accompanying these period documents is an extensive essay by the noted Frank Lloyd Wright scholar Kathryn Smith, who provides a full account of the exhibition, both as it was and as it was intended to be, including an unrealized plan to erect one of Wright's Usonian Houses in the Museum’s Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden. Smith also explores Wright's relationship to his critics, the architectural profession, and the Museum in the years leading up to the exhibition. The Show to End All Shows was edited by Peter Reed, Curator in the Museum's Department of Architecture and Design, and William Kaizen. Includes 89 black & white illustrations.

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Type Architecture + Design
Size 8.5 x 10"
Published 2004
ISBN 0870700553
Pages 240