Light Screens: The Leaded Glass of Frank Lloyd Wright

March 14, 2003 — July 19, 2003

Renwick Gallery (Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW)

Frank Lloyd Wright (1867–1959) is famous for his innovative architecture; less well known are his designs for decorative windows. “Light Screens: The Leaded Glass of Frank Lloyd Wright,” looks at 48 stained glass windows by this icon of American architecture. This definitive presentation also includes two architectural models and 13 original plates from two of Wright’s portfolios. Wright’s “light screens,” as he called them, were specific to the structures for which they were designed. Of the windows featured, many are being shown to the public for the first time and nearly half are drawn from private collections throughout North America. Other loans were made possible by several restoration projects at major Wright buildings requiring the temporary removal of the delicate glass panes.


Light Screens: The Leaded Glass of Frank Lloyd Wright, written by Julie L. Sloan and published by Rizzoli International Publications, accompanies the exhibition. This exhibition catalogue examines Wright’s masterly manipulation of light, composition and color in his patterned windows with 192 color illustrations ($24.95 softcover and $39.95 hardcover). Light Screens: The Complete Leaded Glass Windows of Frank Lloyd Wright ($175), also by Sloan, provides detailed documentation and appraisal of the more than 500 of Wright's window designs from the 1890s to the 1920s. 


"Light Screens: The Leaded Glass of Frank Lloyd Wright" is organized by Exhibitions International, N.Y. in cooperation with The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Scottsdale, Ariz. The exhibition and its national tour are sponsored by Steelcase Inc. The exhibition's presentation at the Renwick Gallery is supported by the James Renwick Alliance, Steelcase Inc. and Arbee Associates.