Salon Circle 2017/2018: The Wright Year

This year marks the sesquicentennial of the birth of Frank Lloyd Wright, the genius architect and designer whose broad impact continues today. 2018 is the one-hundredth anniversary of the completion of Wichita’s own Frank Lloyd Wright Allen House, resplendent with furniture owned by WSU. For our 2017/2018 Salon Circle Series, we consider everything Wright; starting with views inside two Wichita landmarks, and through the lens of four renowned speakers, each with a rich perspective of Wright to share through an engaging evening of discovery and fun.

It’s the Wright Year to celebrate a legacy—and the Ulrich Museum of Art—through Salon Circle participation.

The Wright Place at the Wright Time

Sunday, September 17, 2017
3–5 P.M. 2017/2018 Season Kick-Off
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Allen House

Join us at Frank Lloyd Wright’s Allen House for an afternoon of lively exploration of this great prairie-style house and grounds. Our host Howard Ellington along with his staff and educated docents will share their insider view of a true Kansas treasure. Commissioned in 1916 and completed in 1918, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Allen House was the last of the architect’s famous prairie houses. Wright’s prairie style emphasized horizontal lines, earth tones and a continuous blending of interiors and exteriors. Much of the original furniture for the house—designed by Wright specifically for the property—is part of the collection of the Ulrich Museum of Art and lent to the Allen House Foundation to assure the most authentic visitor experience.

Your Wright adventure includes expert-led tours of the house, garden and grounds, and includes time to relax with a glass of libation and nibbles. Who knows? You might even catch a glimpse of the great man himself!

The Relocation of The Bachman-Wilson House From New Jersey To Arkansas

Scott EcclestonScott Eccleston
Director of Operations
Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
Bentonville, Arkansas

Thursday, September 28, 2017
6:15 P.M. Reception | Corbin Education Center, WSU
7 P.M. Program | Devlin Hall Auditorium

We begin our series with the major recent acquisition by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art of the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Usonian Bachman-Wilson House, built in 1956 along the Millstone River in New Jersey. It was subsequently purchased by architect/designer team Lawrence and Sharon Tarantino in 1988 and meticulously restored. When the house was threatened by repeated flooding at its original location, Crystal Bridges acquired the house in 2013. The entire structure was then taken apart and each component was labeled, packed, and moved to the Museum, where it was reconstructed in 2015. Our speaker, Scott Eccleston, oversaw this painstaking process that has resulted in a major Wright property on the Crystal Bridges grounds in Bentonville.

Taliesin West: Frank Lloyd Wright and His Architectural Laboratory in the Desert Southwest

Fred ProzzilloFred Prozzillo
Director of Preservation Taliesin West
Scottsdale, Arizona

Thursday, October 26, 2017
5:30 P.M. Reception | 6:15 P.M. Program
Wichita Country Club

Wright’s beloved winter home and the bustling headquarters of the Taliesin Fellowship was established in 1937 and diligently handcrafted over many years into a world unto itself. Deeply connected to the desert from which it was forged, Taliesin West possesses an almost prehistoric grandeur. It was built and maintained almost entirely by Wright and his apprentices, making it among the most personal of the architect’s creations.

Taliesin West is a National Historic Landmark nestled in the desert foothills of the McDowell Mountains in Scottsdale. It is also the home of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and the School of Architecture at Taliesin. Fred Prozzillo understands this landmark in minute detail, and will give us his broad overview of Taliesin West’s importance in Wright’s oeuvre and for world architecture.

Pedro Guerrero’s Photography of Frank Lloyd Wright Architecture

Emily BillsEmily Bills
Participating Adjunct Professor and Coordinator of the Urban Studies Program
Woodbury University
Los Angeles, California

And Part-time Assistant Professor
The New School
New York City

Thursday, March 1, 2018
5:30 P.M. Reception | 6:15 P.M. Program
Wichita Country Club

In 1939, self-taught photographer Pedro Guerrero introduced himself to his Scottsdale, Arizona neighbor Frank Lloyd Wright, beginning a twenty
year relationship as the exclusive photographer of Wright architecture and the architect himself. The resulting body of visual material has been the subject of extensive research by our speaker, and will be shared through this fascinating view into Wright’s genius.

Dr. Bills, who received her PhD in the history of architecture and urbanism from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University, will discuss how Guerrero interpreted Wright’s architecture, his personality as a designer, and the Taliesin community through his photographs.

Presenting Art Within a Work of Art

Melanie TaylorMelanie Taylor
Director of Exhibition Design
Whitney Museum of American Art
New York City

Former Director, Exhibition Design
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
New York City

Thursday, April 5, 2018
5:30 P.M. Reception | 6:15 P.M.Program
Ulrich Museum Of Art

Imagine working in one of the world’s most acclaimed architectural masterpieces. Now, add to that the fact that your responsibilities require you to design world-renowned art exhibitions in this same unique space.

Our final Salon Circle speaker of The Wright Year is Melanie Taylor, former Director, Exhibition Design at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City. The Guggenheim is well known as one of the most—if not the most—fascinating spaces in which to view art, Ms. Taylor is highly regarded for her work designing art installations within a work of art. Join us for what promises to be a truly unique and insightful presentation by one of the most important exhibition designers working today.

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Become a Member Today

Salon Circle members understand the importance of engaging programs, community outreach, student involvement and continued free admission for all to the Ulrich. Through philanthropic contributions to Salon Circle the Ulrich is able to focus on its mission of sharing modern and contemporary art with the WSU community and the public. Salon Circle members embody the Ulrich ethos and know “today’s art matters.”

In turn, members participate in an invited series of stimulating, insightful educational gatherings across Wichita each year. The Ulrich Salon Circle provides members with lectures, artists’ studio tours, gallery receptions, conversations with professionals in the art fields, and a genuine camaraderie with fellow art lovers.

We hope you join our excitement as we create meaningful experiences for Salon Circle members and with each dollar of Salon Circle membership dues.

For more information about Salon Circle or to join, contact Carolyn Copple by phone 316.978.6646 or email Carolyn.Copple@Wichita.edu, or join online.

Curator $750-$2,499

Salon Single $750
Salon Duo $1,000

  • North American Reciprocal Membership card
  • Name listed annually as an Ulrich Salon Circle member on the museum donor recognition wall
  • Invitations to exclusive Ulrich Salon Circle programs and events
  • Patron Previews at each exhibition opening—see the latest exhibition before anyone else

Director $2,500-$4,999

  • Curator level benefits, including including North American Reciprocal Membership card, PLUS
  • Complimentary exhibition catalogues
  • Invitation to private dinner with the Ulrich Museum Director

Trustee $5,000-$9,999

  • Director level benefits, including including North American Reciprocal Membership card, PLUS
  • Invitation to exclusive, private dinner with special exhibition artists or curators

Benefactor $10,000-$19,999

  • Trustee level benefits, including including North American Reciprocal Membership card, PLUS
  • One-time, after-hours use of the museum for private special event or reception

Grand Gallery $20,000+

  • Benefactor level benefits, including including North American Reciprocal Membership card, PLUS
  • Name listed on each individual exhibition title wall throughout the year

Past Ulrich Salon Circle presenters include:

  • Wendel Castle, designer
  • Keith Jacobshagen, painter
  • Tom Otterness, sculptor
  • Howard Greenburg, gallery owner
  • Mark Klett, photographer
  • Thomas Learner, Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles
  • Keith F. Davis, senior curator of photography, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City
  • Jan Schall, Nelson-Atkins Musuem of Art, Kansas City
  • Dean Sobel, Clyfford Still Museum, Denver
  • Eric Shiner, Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh
  • Maria Nevelson, Founder and Executive Director, Louise Nevelson Foundation, Philadelphia
  • Dr. Martin H. Bush, Founding Director, Ulrich Musuem of Art
  • Judy Dater, Photographer
  • Rob Weiner, Associate Director, Chinati Foundation, Marfa, Texas
  • Valerie McKenzie, owner, McKenzie Fine Art, New York City
  • Philip Hewat-Jaboor, Independent Art Advisor, United Kingdom
  • Walter Maceil, owner, Walter Maceil Gallery, Los Angeles
  • Eric Widing, deputy chair, Christie’s Americas, New York City
  • Mary Joan Waid, artist, New York City
  • William Reese, owner, William Reese Company, New Haven, Connecticut
  • Ed Marquand, owner, Lucia | Marquand, Seattle, Washington
  • Milan Hughston, Chief of Library, Museum of Modern Art, New York City, New York



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