At the start of the coronavirus shutdowns, many cultural institutions had to shut their doors and find novel ways of engaging the public. The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy began hosting virtual tours of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed properties in April. Now, with restrictions still in place, the Conservancy is expanding its offerings by launching a Facebook Live series.
In partnership with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Unity Temple Restoration Foundation, the Conservancy revealed the evolution of its popular social media video series, Wright Virtual Visits. Every Thursday starting Aug. 20 at 1 p.m. EST/ 10 a.m. PST., two Frank Lloyd Wright sites will be paired up on a Facebook Live video. A theme will be chosen to compare and contrast Wright’s buildings and how his principles are applied. A Q&A portion will follow it.
“This is a unique opportunity to experience two Frank Lloyd Wright sites simultaneously, side by side, and look at how the great architect interpreted concepts differently to meet the specifications of a site and how it is used,” Jeff Goodman, vice president of communication and partnerships for the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, told Departures.
The first event will broadcast live from Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona and Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois, exploring how Wright incorporated natural light as a design feature in those sites. It will be followed by visits to Monona Terrace (Madison, WI) and Hollyhock House (Los Angeles, CA) as well as Gordon House (Silverton, OR) and Burnham Block (Milwaukee, WI).
“We are really excited to be able to present these Wright Virtual Visits live. Broadcasting live allows each site to interact in real-time,” said Goodman.
Simply put, this is an incredible opportunity to utilize technology to be in two places at once, sharing a conversation about architecture and design with a community of friends from around the world.”