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The Western Works of Frank Lloyd Wright with Eleanor Schrader

Fifty and Better Lecture Series

The Western Works of Frank Lloyd Wright with Eleanor Schrader

Frank Lloyd Wright’s love affair with the western part of the United States embodied a symbolic interaction between art, humans and nature in his buildings. Moved by an environment so different from the context of his earlier works, he conceived works in the states of Arizona, California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. From his choice of concrete block construction to his utilization of natural desert forms, his Western work constitutes a continuation of his forms of the grammar of the built environment. Through lecture and slide illustration, this course explores the architecture and interiors of the 50-year period that Wright worked in the West, set against the backdrop of his personal life and the stories behind these structures.

Eleanor Schrader is an award-winning educator, lecturer and author. She lectures and leads tours worldwide on art and architectural history.  She has been named a distinguished instructor at UCLA Extension, where she teaches history of architecture, interior design, furniture and decorative arts. She is also a professor emeritus of art and architectural history at Santa Monica College. She has done graduate work in fine and decorative arts at Sotheby's Institute in London and New York. She has served as a design review commissioner for the City of Beverly Hills and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the John Lautner Foundation.

The Fifty and Better program (FAB) was designed to offer university-level courses (no tests, no homework) taught by experts in the field, and to host social engagement activities for individuals 50 years of age and older in our community. When COVID-19 erupted and the first-ever offering of in-person courses had to be postponed indefinitely, we responded by moving the courses to a virtual (online) environment using Zoom.

Cost for the two-hour lecture is $8.



Register by 5 p.m., Friday, Jan. 8

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Christina Tierney