Enduring Modern Classics

Kaneji Domoto at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonia

If ever there was a time to celebrate Frank Lloyd Wright, it’s now. With his 150th birthday just behind us, NYC has come alive with exhibits, celebrations, and opportunities to remember and reflect on his legacy.

As most of you know, Smilow® Furniture was born in the FLW community of Usonia (more on that, here), as a patron of the exhibit (lending 5 pieces of Smilow® Furniture) we are overjoyed to help the Center of Architecture celebrate Kaneji Domoto’s contribution to the iconic community.

Opening THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM — RSVP

At the Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place [Directions]

Kaneji Domoto at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonia presents the houses by Japanese American architect and Taliesin student Kaneji Domoto in Westchester County’s Usonia, a small community for which Frank Lloyd Wright designed the site plan and four houses in accordance with his urbanistic principles.

Kaneji Domoto at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonia follows Domoto as an independent architect working in mid-century America, from his time at Taliesin, to his experiences in a Japanese internment camp in the southwest, to his work in Usonia and beyond. Through construction documents and original photography of his five Pleasantville houses, the exhibition explores Domoto’s architectural style, his references to Japanese design, and his connection to landscape architecture. Curator Lynnette Widder dives deep into the Lurie House, tracing the history of the home from construction, through the lives of the original occupants, and to Widder’s subsequent renovation and restoration.

Curator: Lynnette Widder, Lecturer in Discipline, Sustainability Management, Columbia University, Co-Author, Ira Rakatansky: As Modern as Tomorrow

Exhibition Designer: Studio Joseph

Kaneji Domoto at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonia is supported in part by:

This exhibition was made by possible by the generosity of the following sponsors:

Patron:

This project was made possible through support from the Independent Projects category of the Architecture + Design Program at the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Van Alen Institute served as fiscal sponsor.

 

RELATED PROGRAMMING

Exhibition Opening

Thursday, June 22, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Mid-Century Japanese American Designers

Monday, July 10, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Exploring Usonia

Saturday, July 22, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
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Sat: 11am to 5pm