Lighscreens - The Leaded Glass of Frank Lloyd Wright

WHAT:  The most comprehensive exhibition ever assembled of the innovative leaded glass windows designed by celebrated American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. The exhibition gathers a number of Wright's most important windows, along with prints and original photographs that reveal the remarkable evolution of his artistic language.

WHERE & WHEN:  Following its showing at the American Craft Museum in New York City, Light Screens: The Leaded Glass of Frank Lloyd Wright travels to the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI (October 12, 2001 - January 6, 2002); Allentown Art Museum, Allentown, PA (February 21 - April 28,2002); Orange County Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA (October 5, 2002 - January 5, 2003); Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC (March 14 - July 20, 2003); Wichita Art Museum, Nov. 14, 2004 - Jan. 30, 2005.


  • from the Hollyhock House, Los Angeles, 1917-24, four living room windows in clear and antique glass. On loan from Hollyhock House, Los Angeles, California
  • from the Avery Coonley Playhouse, Riverside, IL, 1911-12 four "balloon, confetti" windows in clear and flashed glass. On loan from The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, John Vinci, The Thompson Publishing Group
  • from the Imperial Hotel, Tokyo, 1913-22, a window of clear and gilded glass in checkered pattern. On loan from State University of New York, Buffalo
  • from the Emil Bach House, Chicago, 1915, a newly discovered window in clear and flashed glass. On loan from Faigie and Allan Waisman
  • from the Darwin D. Martin Complex, Buffalo, NY, 1903-5 Second floor "Tree of Life" window in clear, iridized, cathedral and gilded glass. On loan from Grey Art Gallery New York University. First floor casement window in clear, iridized, cathedral and gilded glass with "wisteria" pattern. On loan from the Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • from the Meyer May House, Grand Rapids, MI, 1908. On loan from James H. and Judith DeVries
  • from the Susan Lawrence Dana House, Springfield, IL, 1902-4. clear, cathedral and iridized glass window in "sumac" design. On loan from the Richard W. Bock Sculpture Collection, Greenville College, Greenville, Illinois
  • original plates from Ausgeführte Bauten und Entwürfe von Frank Lloyd Wright, Berlin: Ernst Wasmuth, 1910. On loan from Ave Maria University, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • American Luxfer Prism window, Frank Lloyd Wright, c. 1897. On loan from The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation
  • 1876 sales brochure for Friedrich Froebel's Kindergarten Gifts, from Wright's own library

CURATOR:  Julie L. Sloan, scholar, author, glass conservator

ORGANIZED BY:  Exhibitions International, New York-based, not-for-profit, traveling exhibition service

SPONSOR:  Steelcase Inc. is the national sponsor of the exhibition and its six-city tour

PUBLICATIONS:  In May 2001, Rizzoli International published a cloth-bound, 160-page, color illustrated catalogue ($39.95) and a catalogue raisonné ($175), both by Julie L. Sloan.


  • June 4 and 5, 2001: on Wright's legacy in glass, organized by the American Craft Museum and Christie's, to be held in New York (The public may call 212-956-3535). 
  • October 23 and 24, 2001: on light in architecture, organized by the Grand Rapids Art Museum in association with the Department of Architecture and Design of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Chicago Architecture Foundation, to be held in Chicago and Grand Rapids. (The public may call 616-831-2910) 
  • Jan. 22, 2005: Wichita Art Museum, 1400 West Museum Boulevard, Wichita, Kansas 67203-3296. Call (316) 268-4921 or visit