Scholar Dennis Domer Examines the Evolution Of Frank Lloyd Wright's Interior Design
October 3, 2012
The idiosyncratic style exhibited by architect Frank Lloyd Wright in his many projects did not appear overnight.
Rather, it grew over many years as Wright toyed with the infinite possibilities at his fingertips.
University of Kansas scholar Dennis Domer looks at Wright's evolving style, concentrating on his interior designs, in The Vista Within: Frank Lloyd Wright's Search for Organic Simplicity on Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
Domer says Wright's interiors revolutionized the heart of the American house.
His presentation is keyed to the exhibit Frank Lloyd Wright: Architect of the Interior on display through October 28, 2012, at the Central Library.
Wright took seriously the dictum that form follows function, creating an organic architecture that unified asthetics and structure. He favored single design concepts that related the smallest details to the largest components. He insisted on honest expressions of materials that reinforced their true nature. He offered an encompassing spaciousness by eliminating partitions, connecting inside to outside through doors opening to verandas, streaming outside light in through ribbons of windows, and affording broad interior vistas that fused the inside with the exterior landscape.
Domer discusses the many sources from which Wright borrowed to develop his ideas of interior design. These sources help place him in a cultural context that he exploited with great success throughout his career.
Domer is acting director of the Museum Studies Program and director of graduate studies for the Department of American Studies at the University of Kansas. He taught at KU from 1976 to 1999 before retiring as associate dean of the School of Architecture and Urban Planning (now the School of Architecture, Design and Planning) and as an associate professor of American studies. He recently taught a class on the history of the American house.
Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. RSVP online or call 816.701.3407. Free parking is available at the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore.
Exhibit and related programming funded by a grant from the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts, Commerce Bank, trustee.