The SC Johnson Gallery: At Home with Frank Lloyd Wright

New Exhibit: The Wasmuth Portfolio

The SC Johnson Gallery: At Home with Frank Lloyd Wright is the result of a July 2011 agreement between SC Johnson and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation for a long-term loan of a collection of Wright artifacts. The agreement was the newest chapter in a relationship that started more than 70 years ago. The Gallery showcases a rotating selection of Wright’s designs and artifacts and explores the legendary architect’s influence on families and the American home.

Rather than simply reflecting one period of Wright’s work, The SC Johnson Gallery: At Home with Frank Lloyd Wright will continue to explore Wright’s influence on the home throughout his career – from Wright’s American System-Built pre-cut housing venture of 1917 to his reinvention of the American home in 1940. The collection will also feature artifacts from the mid-1950s, when his work reached legendary scale.

New Exhibit for 2015: The Rare Wasmuth Portfolio

SC Johnson’s 2015 Gallery exhibit, the Wasmuth Portfolio, features nearly 50 rarely seen framed lithographs and treasured artifacts of Wright’s most famous work. The Wasmuth Portfolio has been hailed as one of the most important publications of the early modern architecture movement, and established Wright as the international icon he is today.     

“It is hard to overstate the importance of the Wasmuth Portfolio as the premier
publication of Wright’s career.”  
– Eric O’Malley, PrairieMod® Co-Founder and Editor

Atelier of Frank Lloyd Wright Oak Park Illinois 

Wasmuth Portfolio image © Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Scottsdale, Arizona.

The Wasmuth Portfolio was published in 1910 as the Ausgefuhrte Bauten und Entwurfe von Frank Lloyd Wright (Studies and Executed Buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright). The portfolio’s lithographs, revealing plans and perspectives of Wright’s work in natural landscapes, was both a blueprint for European modernist architecture to come and an innovative art form in its own right. Wright’s experiences and personal struggles leading up to, and throughout, the creation of the Wasmuth Portfolio were the backdrop for this history-altering work.

The magnitude of the impact the portfolio had can be seen in the reflections of Wright’s style throughout 20th century European architecture. Following a tumultuous time in Wright’s life – he was broke and embroiled in a scandal over his estranged marriage and relationship with his client’s wife - he retreated to Europe where he focused on his portfolio and found new direction for his life. This marked a significant turning point in his career and, upon his return to the United States, he paved the way to new periods in architecture.

“This portfolio marks the first time that American architecture was making an impact in Europe, and not the other way around. The recognition of Wright and his work is exceptionally significant, both for his now international career, and for the European architectural landscape.”  
– Mark Hertzberg, Frank Lloyd Wright Author and Photographer

Interior Perspective and Detail Elevation 

Wasmuth Portfolio image © Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Scottsdale, Arizona.

The exhibit grants a rare opportunity to view these expressive drawings up close, and learn the story of controversy and rebirth that’s found between the lines. 

A Unique Gift Shop

Along with The Gallery, SC Johnson offers The Lily Pad, a unique gift shop featuring exclusive SC Johnson memorabilia and brand gift merchandise, as well as Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired items. The Lily Pad is open in conjunction with all tours.

The Lily Pad 

The Lily Pad's name is a reference to the Administration Building Great Workroom’s focal point, the dendriform columns. Because of their unique design, these columns are also called mushrooms, golf tees or lily pads. 

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SC Johnson's commitment to Frank Lloyd Wright and inspired architecture dates back to the 1930s, when 3rd generation company leader H.F. Johnson Jr. hired Wright to design the Administration Building.

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