Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian Houses

Join the Dana-Thomas House Foundation as we host Dr. Ivy Cooper, Art History professor from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville for an informative program on Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian Houses. June 29, 7 PM on Zoom.

“Nothing is trivial because it is not big,” Frank Lloyd Wright wrote in a letter to Nancy Willey around 1934. The “Usonian” houses are a group of approximately 60 middle-income family homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright beginning with the Willey House although the Jacobs I House, 1937, is often considered to be the first true “Usonian.” Typically small, single-story dwellings without a garage or much storage, Usonians often fit around a garden terrace, with flat roofs and large cantilevered overhangs.

Dr. Cooper specializes in contemporary art and art theory, public sculpture, Minimalism, and American art. “Official Art, Official Publics: Sculpture under the Federal Art-in-Architecture Program, 1972-Present,” an essay based on her dissertation research, was published in the anthology Art and the Performance of Memory. She is also a freelance writer, focusing on art criticism for regional and national art journals and newspapers. Dr. Cooper teaches American Art, Modern and Contemporary Art, History of Photography, History of Modern Architecture, Art of the 60s and 70s, and Art Theory, Methodologies and Criticism.

June 29, 7 PM on ZOOM. Link to join the program will be sent to the email address provided. Registration closes one hour prior to the beginning of the event.

  • June 28, 2022
  • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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