July 15–September 16
SO LONG, FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT
UVic Legacy Gallery Downtown
After five decades of stewardship, the UVic Legacy Art Galleries is giving seven Frank Lloyd Wright designed windows back to the house they originated from. Say farewell to the art glass windows at the exhibition that celebrates this monumental gift during the 150th anniversary of the internationally renowned architect’s birth.
These original windows are intrinsic decorative and architectural parts of Wright’s unifying design principle called “organic architecture.” Wright was inspired by nature and natural materials to build harmonious designs that were integrated with their environment, architectural plan, and interior fixtures and furniture.
The “light screens,” as Wright called them, were created in 1904-05 for the Darwin D. Martin House Complex in Buffalo, New York. In the wake of the Great Depression, the family house was abandoned and left in disrepair until recent renovations have restored the complex into a National Historic Landmark. These salvaged light screens are some of the last pieces needed to achieve Wright’s visionary intent and complete the major restoration project.
There will be a panel discussion–“Doing the Wright Thing”– on Saturday, September 16 from 3-5pm. Learn more about the repatriation of the Frank Lloyd Wright windows from Mary Jo Hughes (UVic Legacy gallery director), Susana Tejada (Darwin D. Martin House curator) and Richard Linzey (BC Heritage Branch director).
The downtown Legacy Gallery is open Wed-Sat, 10am-4pm, 250-721-8298, 630 Yates St, www.uvac.uvic.ca.