Tuesday, October 20, 2009

October 21 Magnificent Obsessions

Magnificent Obsessions is a 2005 film tracing the work of architect Frank Lloyd Wright in Japan. First traveling to Japan in 1905, Wright resided in Tokyo between 1915 and 1922, having an influence on Japanese architects, noted in the film. Wright was also a very active art dealer in ukiyo-e prints. He introduced them to America and often sold to his architectural clients. Wright's most known work was magnificent Imperial Hotel, near the Imperial Palace, not only beautiful, but incorporating innovative structural design which allowed it to survive a magnitude 8.3 earthquake undamaged. Ultimately the building was demolished in 1968 to build a bigger hotel on the site; the facade may be found today in Meiji Mura, a building collection in Nagoya. It's at the AIA Center for Architecture 403 NW 11th. Doors 5:30PM, film 6 Free