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Frank Lloyd Wright & Ralph Waldo Emerson

Join noted Wright Scholar Ayad Rahmani at the Martin House on the occasion of his new publication: Frank Lloyd Wright and Ralph Waldo Emerson: Transforming the American Mind.

This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited so pre-registration is required.

This exceptional book is an interdisciplinary approach to better understanding the motivation behind Wright’s groundbreaking designs, using his deep connection to the teachings of Emerson. From the book jacket: “Ayad Rahmani shows that Emerson’s writings provide an avenue for interpreting Wright’s complex approach to country and architecture… His designs sought to challenge dehumanizing labor practices and open minds to the beauty and science of agriculture and the natural world. Emerson’s example helped Wright develop an architecture that aimed less at accommodating a culture of clients and more at raising national historical awareness while also arguing for humane and equitable policies.”

Ayad Rahmani is a professor of architecture at Washington Sate University, where he teaches courses in design and theory. He also serves on the board of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy. He is the author of two previous books, the most recent being Kafka’s Architectures.

Immediately following the talk in the Greatbatch Pavilion, the author will be available to sign copies of the book, which is available in the Martin House Museum Store.

Support for this program has been generously provided by The M&T Bank Charitable Foundation.

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Oct 19 2023


5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Martin House
143 Jewett Parkway


The Martin House

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