Explore creative nonconformity at Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece of non-convention, Unity Temple.
Break the Box 2013 Schedule
Break the Box finds inspiration in the life and work of Frank Lloyd Wright, viewing the architect's eagerness to venture into new territory as a point of departure for exploring the creative process and product.
UTRF selects thought leaders who reach beyond the expected topics of Frank Lloyd Wright and Unity Temple to examine progressive ideas in the arts, culture and society. Speakers are selected not only for their ability to draw a diverse audience and present compelling ideas for the public's consideration, but for their capacity to challenge their listeners and stir lively discussion and debate.
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Order your copy of David M. Sokol's 2008 book The Noble Room: The Inspired Conception and Tumultuous Creation of Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple. $22.95 plus shipping. The author has poured more than 20 years of research into The Nobel Room and has uncovered a dramatic story -- much of which turns out to be at odds with Wright's own description of the process. The story of the tumultuous, chaotic creation of a modern masterpiece comes to life in The Noble Room. Sokol, Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois, has generously donated all author royalties to Unity Temple Restoration Foundation, to aid in the restoration of this masterpiece. An eloquent foreword by Sidney K. Robinson discusses Wright's growth as an architect during the process of designing Unity Temple.
A Great Gift: Pat Cannon's new book Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple: A Good Time Place, with stunning photos by James Caulfield. $24.95 plus shipping. Cannon's new book, published by Pomegranate in 2009, provides an intimate tour of this beloved building. Cannon discussed the history of Unity Temple, from Wright's design proposals to its role today as a National Historic Landmark. More than 45 of Caulfield's artful color photographs, along with historic photographs and floor plans, are featured. This book celebrates the ingenuity of a master architect whose vision is evident in every element of Unity Temple.
Listen to "New Yorker" architecture critic Paul Goldberger's "Break the Box" talk, recorded at Unity Temple on March 26, 2009.