This month the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation is rolling out an array of new daily tours, cultural programs and events at Taliesin West, in Scottsdale, to offer first-time and returning visitors an opportunity to learn more about Frank Lloyd Wright’s legacy and principles of architecture through a new lens.
With construction beginning in 1938, Taliesin West served as both Wright’s desert laboratory and a place of community, innovation, design, art and performance.
As part of a continued effort to preserve that legacy and advance the Foundation’s mission to inspire the world to discover and embrace an architecture for better living through meaningful connections to nature, the arts and each other, the site recently debuted a seasonal calendar of rotating, in-person and virtual events and programming, according to a press release.
Available to the public as well as Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation members, here are a few highlights of what’s new at Taliesin West this spring:
A lively community, Taliesin West is open to the public and offers two tour options this spring. Reservations strongly recommended.
In A New Light: Wright & Chihuly
As its name suggests, this tour offers a chance to experience Taliesin West in a new way with a guided tour through the most iconic spaces at the site and all the artworks by the internationally celebrated artist, Dale Chihuly.
When seen together, visitors will explore the similarities between Wright and Chihuly, especially in their love of nature, world cultures and the power of great spaces. Together, they are a masterclass in innovation, experimentation and great design.
Chihuly Nights are self-guided evenings where you can stroll a portion of the desert campus and take your time. With the help of an exhibition map, see five of Chihuly’s installations all lit up against the backdrop of Taliesin West and the Sonoran Desert. This experience takes place entirely outdoors and is approximately one hour long.
The Foundation continuously works to provide new pathways for audiences to discover Taliesin West in new ways through regular theater performances and hands-on workshops led by subject-matter experts.
Taliesin West Talks: Conversations on Chihuly
Discover more about Chihuly’s work at the monthly conversation series, Taliesin West Talks. Included with the cost of admission for select Chihuly Nights, hear from Taliesin West staff members and visiting specialists as they share unique perspectives on Chihuly’s artwork.
Saturday Night Salon
Spend Saturday nights like Mr. and Mrs. Wright. Saturday Night Salons celebrate the history of performance and lively conversation at Taliesin West.
Each evening combines a series of different presenters and performances, to explore a central aspect of life at Taliesin West. With a new theme each month, guests will want to return often.
Sunsets and Sips Happy Hour
Returning to Taliesin West this spring, this popular happy hour event invites guests to linger and mingle with a drink on the famous Prow, with panoramic views of the city below. Each evening will feature a different portion of the Taliesin West campus to discover with staff always present to share stories, providing an intimate experience at Wright’s renowned winter home.
Southwest Shakespeare Company
Founded in 1993, the Southwest Shakespeare Company has become one of the key members of the arts and culture community in the Valley.
With a mission to elevate, entertain, educate, and inspire the public and educational communities of Arizona and the Southwest through vivid and passionate performances, the Company will continue to bring new and diverse talent, innovative performances and exciting offerings to local audiences with a lineup of brand-new shows premiering at Taliesin West this spring with performances of “Shall I Compare Thee: The Sonnets,” an extraordinary celebration of life, love, and the pursuit of happiness in a post-COVID world.
Tickets will be available starting Feb. 1 on the Company’s website.
Friday Night Films
Watch films in style at Taliesin West. The Friday Night Films series provides a new way to enjoy the silver screen – connecting art, architecture, and nature. From old classics to new favorites, there’s something for everyone.
Each evening includes a screening in a historic Taliesin West space, followed by a conversation connecting the film to Wright’s legacy.
Family Movie Nights
Frank Lloyd Wright, Mrs. Wright, and his apprentices had movie nights at Taliesin West to help create a sense of community at Wright’s “Desert Laboratory.” The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation archives holds a list of every movie shown at Taliesin West and has chosen to screen 101 Dalmatians, Flipper and Treasure Island for guests this season.
Taliesin West is now open Monday through Sunday 9 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. for tours, with evening tours available on Thursday nights. The distinctive on-site Frank Lloyd Wright Store remains open through 5 p.m. for shopping.
Advance reservations are required to tour the campus and the Foundation continues to uphold an array of careful safety practices during the ongoing pandemic, including maintaining a mask policy for all guests in indoor public areas onsite, regardless of vaccination status.
To book a tour at Taliesin West, to donate or to become a member, visit FrankLloydWright.org.
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