One of the largest Frank Lloyd Wright decorative design shows ever held will be at the Anderson Gallery next month.
"Wright by Design" will showcase as many as 100 pieces of furniture, art glass windows, lighting fixtures and other decorative items designed by the famed American architect, who created several Buffalo landmarks.
Sponsored by the Graycliff Conservancy, which is dedicated to saving the lakeshore summer home Wright dreamed up for Isabelle Martin, wife of industrialist Darwin D. Martin, the Oct. 30 to Nov. 1 program will include an Anderson Gallery exhibit of some of Wright's best design work and a speech by Thomas A. Heinz, a noted author and Wright expert. The gallery is located at 1 Martha Jackson Place, off Englewood Avenue near the north city line.
Many Wright Foundation licensees will loan articles that are still in production. Among them: Historical Arts and Casting, Cassina, Oakbrook-Esser Studios and Yamagiwa. Fallingwater, the famous Wright home in Mill Run, Pa., also is expected to lend some furniture.
Word of the show is stirring excitement among Wright aficionados.
"We've received inquiries from throughout the region and from out of state," said the curator, Joseph Blatz.
He believes it will be the most diverse collection of Wright-designed artifacts ever shown in one place.
"Many pieces have been displayed separately in galleries and showrooms in Japan, New York City, Chicago and other locations -- but never together," said Blatz, who is treasurer of the Graycliff group.
A number of reproductions will be offered for sale.
Heinz, who will deliver the keynote speech at an Oct. 31 fund-raiser in Farber Hall on the University at Buffalo South Campus, has photographed nearly every Wright building in existence and lectured widely about them. More than 300 people packed his last Western New York engagement, 10 years ago. His return will be sponsored by Bexley Heath and the John Widdicomb Co. and the University at Buffalo School of Architecture.
The full "Wright by Design" schedule:
Oct. 30 -- 6 to 8:30 p.m., opening reception, Anderson Gallery.
Oct. 31 -- 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., tour of Wright's Walter V. Davidson House, 57 Tillinghast, for Graycliff Conservancy members only; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., tours of the Isabelle R. Martin House at Graycliff; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., "Wright by Design," Anderson Gallery; 6 to 7:30 p.m., keynote speech by Heinz.
Nov. 1 -- 9 a.m. breakfast at the Roycroft Inn, East Aurora. John Courtin, executive director of the Darwin D. Martin House Restoration Corp., will discuss the Yahara Boat House project's potential impact on area economic development and tourism.
Courtin wants to raise $1 million to construct the boat house, which Wright designed in 1905 for the University of Wisconsin rowing team but was never built, for local rowers.
And noon to 5 p.m., "Wright by Design," Anderson Gallery; 1 to 3 p.m., Graycliff tours; 1 to 4 p.m., minisymposium on Wright, Farber Hall. Panelists are Jack Quinan, John Barrow, a Rochester architect who has been retained to survey Graycliff; Chuck Rubis of Oakbrook-Esser Studios, who has restored historic Wright structures; and Theodore Lownie, architect for the Martin House restoration.
Tickets for the Friday opening reception are $15, or $10 for Graycliff Conservancy members; for a combination Graycliff tour and the Heinz lecture, $30; for the closing symposium on Sunday, $20, or $15 for nonconservancy members.
A package price of $80 includes the reception, tours, keynote speaker, Roycroft breakfast and symposium. Conservancy members will pay $65.
Prepaid registration is required. Reservations can be made by calling 614-6195.