I stumbled upon a surprising Frank Lloyd Wright offering on eBay yesterday: The Usonian cat house and its presentation drawing, designed in 1954 for the owners of the Gerald Tonkens House in Cincinnati, OH. This kitty house and drawing has been offered at auction and online several other times--maybe eBay will finally be the "purrfect" place to sell this odd piece of Wrightian design. See this listing here.
Image via eBay
The Rahr-West Art Museum will be hosting a series of special events associated with their new exhibit Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior, a national traveling exhibit starting at the Rahr-West from June 9 through August 4. The special events include:
• Gallery Talk with Curator Virginia Terry Boyd on Sunday, June 23, 1pm-2pm
• Architecture of the Vilas-Rahr Mansion with Dan Juchniewich on Sunday, July 14, 1pm-2pm
• Bernard Schwartz House Historian Gail Fox on Sunday, July 21, 1pm-2pm
• All attendees to the exhibit may receive free passes to the Bernard Schwartz House's summer tours. (limit one ticket per person). Tour Dates are June 23, July 13, August 3 & August 4.
Image via artsandartists.org
Opening this week: MoMA presents its first major exhibition on the work of Le Corbusier (Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, 1887–1965), encompassing his work as an architect, interior designer, artist, city planner, writer, and photographer. The exhibit runs through September 23, 2013.
Image via MoMA
In about a month, the long-awaited book on the life and work of Alfonso Iannelli will be back from the printer. Make sure you are one of the first to get your copy by pre-ordering at the publisher's website here. In the meantime, get your Iannelli fix by visiting the show, Modernism's Messengers: The Art of Alfonso and Margaret Iannelli at the Chicago Cultural Center.
Image via PrairieMod
A few extremely important Frank Lloyd Wright-related items are set to be auctioned off in the coming weeks. The Swann Auction Galleries has a rare original 1927 drawing for a proposed cover design for Liberty Magazine. The Wright Auction house (no relation to Frank) has three items of note: An original Imperial Hotel chair, a section of decorative frieze from the Dana House, and an original chandelier from the Adelman House in Phoenix.
It's a real shame this chandelier is no longer in the house it belongs to (apparently it was sold by an owner at some point in a private sale). Perhaps it can find its way back home...but at a $30,000 - $50,000 auction estimate, that's not likely. Follow the links above to see all the items.
Image via Wright20.com
Los Angeles Modern Auctions May 19, 2013 auction features a bevvy of Mod items to drool over. Two lots of particular interest are a pair of chairs designed by Taliesin Apprentice William Wesley Peters (originally for the 1963 Sorensen Residence) and a large suite of Wright drawings, blue prints, decorative objects that originally were part of Taliesin Apprentice Bob Beharka's collection. See all the lots here.
Images via LAMA
I mentioned last Friday that the limited edition 2013 Wright Plus T-shirt designed by PrairieMod is now available from the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust's ShopWright.com. I figured I'd post a larger image of the artwork so that everyone could get a good look at it and hopefully spur on a buying spree. Every dollar helps the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust's mission to preserve and present the amazing architectural wonders that they are such excellent stewards of. Follow the link to get your t-shirt today before they are all gone!
Image via PrairieMod
I received word that the official 2013 Wright Plus limited edition T-shirts have arrived at the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust. Why so exciting? Well, they just happen to feature a stylized illustration of the Harry Adams House (which is on this year's tour) by your PrairieMod editor. Be sure to get yours while they last and do your part to help support the preservation efforts of the FLWPT. Get your limited edition T-shirt here.
Image via FLWPT
Andrew S. was kind enough to share some really great WPA-era covers for various Chicago Park District booklets he's been collecting recently. Check out all the covers after the jump...
Two recent articles discuss “Jakuchū’s Here" a traveling exhibit that will come to museums in the three Japanese towns worst affected by the triple disaster of March 2011. The exhibit is the brainchild of collectors and Bruce Goff clients, Joe and Etsuko Price, and it features their extensive collection of Edo period art. Read more (including Joe's experiences with another famous architect, Frank Lloyd Wright) here and here.
Image via nippon.com
I recently received an update on the new projects executed by expert craftsman and designer, Randall Kramer. One project in particular caught my eye: a hand-forged mild steel grill to architect Eric Mullendore's specifications, to separate the home's foyer from the living room, allowing a clear view of Lake Michigan as you enter the space. See more of Randall's work at his website.
Image copyright Randall Kramer
Last Sunday February 17, 2013 marked the celebration of Alfonso Iannelli's 125th birthday and a fantastic time was has by all at the Iannelli Home & Studio in Park Ridge, IL. The Kalo Foundation hosted a sold-out crowd there to enjoy some birthday cake and two excellent presentations by Tim Samuelson, Cultural Historian for the city of Chicago. More after the jump...
Sunday February 17, 2013 will be Alfonso Iannelli's 125th birthday. To celebrate, the Kalo Foundation of Park Ridge is hosting both an exhibit of original Iannelli works and a lecture by Tim Samuelson (the cultural historian for the city of Chicago) at the Iannelli Home & Studios. Learn more here.
Image via Park Ridge Herald Advocate
If you have not been to visit the ArchiTech Gallery in Chicago's gallery district, then what are you waiting for? The current exhibit is titled "Design 1890-1995" and features some rare and wonderful examples of design-related drawings, blueprints, sketches, and much more from luminaries like Frank Lloyd Wright, Keck & Keck, Bertrand Goldberg, and many more. Do yourself a favor and make plans to visit soon. More details here.
Image via ArchiTech Gallery website
Lynn Becker recently visited the ArchiTech Gallery in Chicago and was treated to a preview of the eagerly anticipated monograph coming next year on Alfonso Iannelli (designed by your PrairieMod editor!) I know it seems like it's taking forever, but let Lynn tell you--it'll be worth the wait. Obviously, as we get closer to publication I'll let readers know more details!
Image credit: Lynn Becker