Wright in Oz

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The largest project un­der­taken by the Frank Lloyd Wright Stu­dio prior to World War I was a plan for a city: Can­berra, the cap­i­tal of Aus­tralia. The stu­dio’s Prairie legacy Down Un­der is the sub­ject of a lec­ture by North­west­ern pro­fes­sor David Van Zan­ten.

Ar­chi­tects (and new­ly­weds) Wal­ter Bur­ley Grif­fin and Mar­ion Ma­hony Grif­fin de­vel­oped the master plan for Can­berra. Their work took them to Europe and into con­tact with Modernist de­sign­ers Otto Wag­ner, Tony Garnier, and Paris city ar­chi­tect Louis Bon­nier. Two 1914 exhibitions of their work re­sulted: one of their Can­berra com­pe­ti­tion de­signs at the Ex­po­si­tion In­ter­na­tionale Ur­baine in Lyon, the other of Mar­ion’s col­ored silk ren­der­ings at the Musée des Arts Dé­co­rat­ifs in Paris.

“The Griffins’ Can­berra” will be held at noon at the Gratz Cen­ter, 126 E. Ch­est­nut St., in Chicago. $10. Frank Lloyd Wright Trust, (312) 994-4000, flwright.org

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