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1/24/03

Free Public Programs including Lectures, Family Days and Demonstrations Accompany "Light Screens: The Leaded Glass of Frank Lloyd Wright"

Media only:
Laura Baptiste (202) 275-1595
Amy Mannarino (202) 275-1592
Web site: http://AmericanArt.si.edu
Public only: (202) 357-2700


A wide variety of public programs are planned in conjunction with the new exhibition "Light Screens: The Leaded Glass of Frank Lloyd Wright," on view from March 14 through July 20, at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum. A special series of performances in collaboration with The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C. debuts on May 18.

The exhibition showcases 48 stained glass windows, two architectural models and 13 original plates from two of Wright's portfolios.

Events include lectures, gallery talks, craft demonstrations, family days and performances. The Distinguished Lecture Series features notable architectural historian Richard Guy Wilson; author and Christie's curator Julia Meech; and Julie Sloan, curator of "Light Screens," among others. All programs are free and held at the Renwick Gallery unless otherwise noted. For more information, call (202) 357-2700 or visit the museum's Web site at AmericanArt.si.edu.


PUBLIC PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT SYMPOSIUM
"Contemporary Glass Designs"
Saturday, March 15, 10:30 a.m.–2 p.m.

This symposium features three innovative contemporary glass artists—Ed Carpenter, Mary Shaffer and Judith Schaechter—who share their very different work in glass design. Renwick Curator-in-Charge Kenneth Trapp moderates the discussion. Reception to follow.


CRAFT SYMPOSIUM
"Making Art in Magic Places: Haystack Mountain Summer School, Penland School of Craft, and Pilchuck Glass School"
Saturday, April 26, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Stuart Kestenbaum, director of the Haystack Mountain Summer School; Barbara Benish, director of development at the Penland School of Craft; and Tina Oldknow, curator of modern glass at the Corning Museum of Glass discuss their work in these three very different places. Co-sponsored by the James Renwick Alliance.


FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT LECTURE SERIES

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Illustrated Lectures
Sunday, March 23, 1 p.m.
Richard Guy Wilson places Frank Lloyd Wright's work within a broader historical context. Curator, author and well-known lecturer, Wilson is also the chair of the department of architectural history at the University of Virginia and an honorary member of the American Institute of Architects.


Sunday, March 23, 3 p.m.
Judith Schaechter cuts, grinds, etches and paints flat glass in unique ways. Her work has been exhibited widely, and she is the recipient of many grants including two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. Co-sponsored by the James Renwick Alliance.


Sunday, March 30, 2 p.m.
Julia Meech, highly regarded curator and senior consultant to Christie's in New York, recently published a book, titled Frank Lloyd Wright and the Art of Japan: The Architect's Other Passion. Her lecture explores Wright as an avid collector of Japanese art and how such work influenced his own.


Sunday, April 6, 2 p.m.
Craig Tuminaro, curator of Frank Lloyd Wright's Pope-Leighey House, talks about the "usonian" house (located in the Washington, D.C. area) which demonstrates Wright's desire to create modern housing at reasonable cost. The Pope-Leighey House's unique design elements have influenced many modern architects.


Sunday, May 4, 3 p.m.
Dieter Goldkuhle has been experimenting with glass for almost half a century all over the world. He has worked in collaboration with many noted artists on architectural glass projects and has restored a variety of stained and leaded glass windows. This slide presentation will be followed by a discussion with Renwick Curator-in-Charge Kenneth Trapp comparing contemporary and historical architectural glass styles. Co-sponsored by the James Renwick Alliance.


Saturday, June 28, 1 p.m.
Julie Sloan, curator of "Light Screens: The Leaded Glass of Frank Lloyd Wright," discusses organizing this important exhibition. A consultant in stained glass conservation and an internationally known scholar, Sloan reveals Wright's windows in a new light.


ON STAGE WITH FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT
Sunday, May 18, 2 p.m., Thursdays, June 5 and 26, 7 p.m.

Enjoy a reading of "Work Song" directed by Steven Scott Mazzola. This new play by Eric Simonson and Jeffrey Hatcher explores Wright's life and career. This collaboration with The Shakespeare Theatre is made possible by Julie Walters and Sam Rose. To reserve, call (202) 547-1122, ext. 4.


GLASS DEMONSTRATIONS
Saturday, May 10, 1 p.m.—Nancy Underwood
.Sunday, July 20, 1 p.m.—Jimmy Powers

Well-known glass artists Nancy Underwood and Jimmy Powers explain the various methods used to create, restore and install stained and leaded glass windows. Both artists have taught in the area and have vast experience with commercial and residential glass design and conservation. During this demonstration at the Renwick Grand Salon, experts answer questions from the audience.


FAMILY DAY
Saturday, June 14, 1 p.m.–4 p.m.

The Peabody Ragtime Ensemble provides a taste of the music that defined Wright's era. Founded in 1974, this group has been named "Baltimore's Best Jazz Band" and has performed at hundreds of venues from the Walters Art Gallery to Gramercy Mansion to the American Red Cross. After the performance, children can design their own "light screens" using craft materials.


PUBLIC TOURS
Weekday Tours:
Fridays at 1 p.m. Contemporary craft collection


Weekend Tours: Sundays at 1 p.m. Frank Lloyd Wright
.First and third Saturdays at 1 p.m. George Catlin in the Grand Salon

Meet in the lobby for all tours.


The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum is located on Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street N.W., near the Farragut North (Red line) and Farragut West (Blue and Orange lines) Metrorail stations. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission is free. Public information: (202) 357-2700; (202) 357-1729 (TTY); (202) 633-9126 (Spanish). Recorded information: (202) 275-1500. AmericanArt.si.edu

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