The galleries are closed temporarily as we develop The Martha Wren Briggs Center for the Visual Arts. Press Release available here.
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The galleries are closed temporarily as we develop The Martha Wren Briggs Center for the Visual Arts.
In the interim, Muscarelle Museum of Art programming will continue at select satellite locations. Please check Muscarelle.org for updates and annex information.
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You can learn more about the new Museum goals and priorities in the fact sheet, which can be downloaded here.
May 8 | Edwin Pease | Broadacre City and Frank Lloyd Wright’s American Utopia | 6 PM
One of the fundamental questions considered by many of the greatest twentieth-century architects was how a modern, technology-infused society should arrange itself for living. As part of our Selected Topics in Architecture series, Edwin Pease will discuss how many architects developed their own ideas for urbanism; with some even defining their own brand of utopia. Wright had a deep disdain for cities, and a very strong belief in the rural fabric of America, not unlike that of Thomas Jefferson. He longed for American democracy to play itself out on our country’s vast landscape, seeking a way for life and land to be intertwined. Wright’s utopia was described physically in his Broadacre City project, which included a model of a four square mile section of America. He spoke extensively on his project, which incorporated many of his most important architectural paradigms and legacies that became the cornerstones of American residential development.
April 10 | David Brashear | The Mid-Career Resurgence of Frank Lloyd Wright | 6 PM
In this session, part of our Selected Topics in Architecture, David Brashear will discuss Wright’s hardships during the depths of the Depression; a time when the renowned architect was nearly written off as being irrelevant. But his re-emergence as a powerful architectural force was announced to the world with his remarkable creation at Bear Run for Edgar Kaufmann – Fallingwater. Hailed around the world as an incredible breakthrough, Fallingwater relaunched Wright’s career at the age of 69. He would go on to do some of the most important work of his career following the Kaufmann house, including the Herbert Jacob House, the Herbert Johnson House, the Johnson Wax Building, the Price Tower, and the Guggenheim Museum, among many, many other works. Wright’s last decades constituted the most productive period of his life, and he worked until his death in 1959 at the age of 92.
March 13 | Edwin Pease | Frank Lloyd Wright and the Taliesin Fellowship | 6 PM
As part of our Selected Topics in Architecture series, Edwin Pease will discuss Frank Lloyd Wright’s strong belief in architectural training through apprenticeship. After time in Chicago, Wright returned to Wisconsin and set up a type of architectural “commune,” where students came to study not only architecture but other arts, including music. The “students,” or fellows, also participated in an immersive lifestyle that included building out the premises of Taliesin and helping to provide for the necessities of day-to-day living. After a sequence of tragedies fell upon Taliesin in Wisconsin, Wright permanently moved the enterprise to Taliesin West on the outskirts of Phoenix. In many ways, Wright’s perspective on architectural education mirrored that of educational paradigms that came before him, like the atelier system of the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris.
The Muscarelle Museum of Art is entering the next phase of its future. Plans are underway to build a new arts complex to enrich the experiences of the students and visitors and bring innovative programming to the community. This will increase the exhibition space of the Museum, allowing it to bring more of the permanent collection out of storage and to continue to take advantage of internationally important traveling exhibition opportunities. In May 2017, the internationally renowned architectural firm Pelli Clarke Pelli was announced as the designers for the new arts complex.
On April 19, 2018 at 6 PM, as part of the Spring 2018 Third Thursday Lecture Series, director Dr. Aaron De Groft discussed plans for the new, multi-million dollar, state-of-the-art facility to be called The Martha Wren Briggs Center for the Visual Arts as well as the inaugural exhibitions.
February 7 | David Brashear | Frank Lloyd Wright and the Quest for an American Architecture | 6 PM
Frank Lloyd Wright departed Wisconsin and headed to Chicago at age 18, eager to immerse himself in the architectural fabric of the emerging and rapidly changing city. In this session, part of our Selected Topics in Architecture series, David Brashear will trace Wright’s early career, from his start with Lyman Silsbee and his subsequent employment at Adler and Sullivan, where he worked closely with and was influenced deeply by his “Lieber Meister” Louis Sullivan. Both Wright and Sullivan believed that America should have an architecture of its own, and were strongly opposed to the importation of classical architectural themes from Europe. When Wright broke with Sullivan and set out on his own, he immediately focused on the development of new architectural motifs that he believed reflected the spirit of American democracy.
Please note that the Museum galleries will be closed for a ticketed event on Saturday, January 13. However, as we re-open for the final day of the Building on the Legacy exhibition, we are delighted to offer FREE ADMISSION on Sunday, January 14, from 12 – 4 PM. #WMArts #wm50Legacy #BuildingontheLegacy