Webinars

Stephen Towns, “I am the Glory,” (detail) 2020, Acrylic, oil, metal leaf on panel, 48 x 36 inches, Courtesy of the Artist and De Buck Gallery.

Join artist Stephen Towns and curator Kilolo Luckett as they have conversation livestreamed from Fallingwater during Towns multi-week artist residency with the Fallingwater Institute, which is Fallingwater’s immersive program for creative collaboration and inspired thinking. They will discuss the body of work that Towns is creating for his upcoming exhibition “Stephen Towns: Declaration & Resistance” at The Westmoreland Museum of American Art for which Luckett is serving as guest curator.

Previous Webinars

April 27, 2021

Join us for an exploration of the connections between Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, the Kaufmann Family and Frida Kahlo.

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Join us for an exploration of the connections between Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, the Kaufmann Family and Frida Kahlo. In 1938, Edgar and Liliane Kaufmann purchased Frida Kahlo’s “Remembrance of An Open Wound” and “My Birth” from Julien Levy Gallery in New York City. The Kaufmanns of Fallingwater became friends of Kahlo and her husband, Diego Rivera; Kahlo visited Fallingwater on at least two occasions and the Kaufmanns spent time in Mexico City with Kahlo and Rivera at their home and studio. Stories of Kahlo and Rivera live on at Fallingwater through interpretation of its collection, which includes pre-Columbian artifacts, Mexican pottery, four sculptures by Mardonio Magaña (a favorite of Kahlo) and two works by Rivera. Interestingly, Fallingwater also lives on at Kahlo’s home, La Casa Azul, where a photograph of Wright’s magnum opus is on permanent display. Justin Gunther, director of Fallingwater and vice president of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, and Melanie Groves, manager of exhibitions and registrar at The Frick Pittsburgh, will livestream from Fallingwater and the Frick’s Frida Kahlo exhibition to discuss this fascinating relationship.

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Join Brandon J. Anderson, executive director & CEO of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, as he explores the history of Frank Lloyd Wright’s fascination with the automobile, both in his personal life and in his design concepts. 

Attendees will learn about one of Wright’s favorite automobiles, the Cord L-29, of which he writes, “The proportion and lines of the Cord, too, come nearer expressing the beauty of both science and logic than any car I have ever seen.” Wright would go on to own many elegantly styled automobiles including Bentley, Jaguar, Packard, Cadillac and Mercedes-Benz 

This webinar will be livestreamed from the showroom of the museum, and you’ll experience firsthand two of Frank Lloyd Wright’s automobiles, his Cord L-29 and his Indiana-built Crosley Super Roadster, along with period vehicles similar to ones the Kaufmann family used for trips to Fallingwater. 

Brandon J. Anderson is the executive director & CEO of the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, and is the fifth Executive Director in its 47-year history. Anderson received his B.F.A. in Historic Preservation from the Savannah College of Art & Design in Savannah, Georgia. He earned his master’s degree in Museum Studies from the University of Oklahoma. His professional resume includes working at The History Museum in South Bend, Indiana; Tryon Palace Historic Sites & Gardens in New Bern, North Carolina; The Thomas Edison & Henry Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers, Florida; and the Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia. Brandon is an avid museum supporter, serving as a peer reviewer for the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), serving on the Board of the Historic Houses & Sites Network of AAM, peer reviewer for the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. He also serves on the Board of the National Association of Automobile Museums. 

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Join us for an exploration of the connections between Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater, the Kaufmann Family and Frida Kahlo. In 1938, Edgar and Liliane Kaufmann purchased Frida Kahlo’s “Remembrance of An Open Wound” and “My Birth” from Julien Levy Gallery in New York City. The Kaufmanns of Fallingwater became friends of Kahlo and her husband, Diego Rivera; Kahlo visited Fallingwater on at least two occasions and the Kaufmanns spent time in Mexico City with Kahlo and Rivera at their home and studio. Stories of Kahlo and Rivera live on at Fallingwater through interpretation of its collection, which includes pre-Columbian artifacts, Mexican pottery, four sculptures by Mardonio Magaña (a favorite of Kahlo) and two works by Rivera. Interestingly, Fallingwater also lives on at Kahlo’s home, La Casa Azul, where a photograph of Wright’s magnum opus is on permanent display. Justin Gunther, director of Fallingwater and vice president of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, and Melanie Groves, manager of exhibitions and registrar at The Frick Pittsburgh, will livestream from Fallingwater and the Frick’s Frida Kahlo exhibition to discuss this fascinating relationship.

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Drawing from decades of on-site observation and photography, Rick Darke will present inspiring visions of Fallingwater and its landscape in all seasons and in its myriad moods and moments. He will explore the rare synergy between Fallingwater’s built architecture and its surrounding landscape, which offers unique insights into immersive design and ecological dynamics that are readily available to keen observers. Through an introduction to the art of observation, Rick will open your eyes to both detailed and broad perspectives of Fallingwater and provide you with basic tools to enhance your enjoyment, understanding, and stewardship of the places you care about the most.

Rick Darke is a Pennsylvania-based consultant, author, photographer and teacher whose work blends art, ecology and cultural geography in the design and conservation of living landscapes. His projects include parks, preserves, scenic byways, private and public gardens, transportation corridors and post-industrial landscapes including the Iron Garden at Pittsburgh's Carrie Furnaces. Darke's work has been featured in The New York Times and on National Public Radio and is reflected in his many books including, "The American Woodland Garden," "The Living Landscape (co-authored with Doug Tallamy)," and "Gardens of the High Line (co-authored with Piet Oudolf)." Darke wrote and photographed the chapter Wright in the Woods for Lynda Waggoner's book, "Fallingwater," which celebrates the 75th anniversary of the groundbreaking. He has been studying and photographing Fallingwater's landscape for more than 35 years. See rickdarke.com for further info.

In this 90-minute virtual mini-symposium presented by Fallingwater and Miami University of Ohio on Jan. 16, 2021, leading architects and educators discussed Wright’s philosophy of organic architecture through the lens of contemporary efforts to create a more sustainable built environment for the future.

View this Dec. 14 webinar as Fallingwater’s 2020 Judy Cheteyan Collections Intern Gabrielle Roth shares information about the integral role Edgar Kaufmann jr. played in MoMA’s Good Design exhibition series and discusses how Good Design series objects influenced Fallingwater’s iconic décor.

Learn meditation with Dr. Barry Kerzin, personal physician to His Holiness the Dalai Lama. On October 28, Dr. Kerzin led a free meditation session live from Fallingwater. This unique opportunity explored the therapeutic benefits of meditation in a natural setting.

Watch this Oct. 27 conversation with art conservator Connie Stromberg as she explains the challenges and rewards of conserving the outdoor sculptures at Fallingwater and other museums across the country.

Immerse yourself in nature for this talk with Dr. Barry Kerzin, personal physician to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, on creating balance in our lives: Environment Creating Healthy Wellbeing, Wellbeing Creating Healthy Environments.

Follow Andrew Pielage as he shares his photographs and discusses his creative process in his webinar, Photographing a House in Motion.

Check out Luftwerk: Art in Nature at Fallingwater for an examination of art in nature through immersive, experience-based installations of light and color.

Watch Furnishing Fallingwater: The Kaufmann Textile Collection, as London-based textile designer Eleanor Pritchard and Fallingwater’s registrar, Rebecca Hagen, discuss textiles in the Fallingwater Collection.

View this lecture on the important post-tensioning effort at Fallingwater by structural engineer John Matteo.