The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation announced May 12 Taliesin Talks, which has plans for an event through June 4.
The weekly series of live-streamed, conversational and interactive discussions will offer digital audiences a new avenue to learn about and discuss topics related to the work of the foundation and the Wright legacy of architecture and design, according to a press release.
Foundation staff will host the talks in conjunction with leading experts and past collaborators from around the world. The featured guests will come from a variety of different disciplines and share a passion for innovation, which builds off of Frank Lloyd Wright’s legacy of forward thinking.
The hour-long conversations will span a wide range of topics, from preservation to performing and visual arts, to space exploration. Viewers can ask questions and engage with hosts. Each talk will be broadcast live on the foundation’s Facebook page and saved for viewing after the livestream.
As many sites have recently had to close to the public due to COVID-19, the foundation hopes that virtual initiatives like that of Taliesin Talks or Wright Virtual Visits will invite more people into the Wright community with a wide array of topics that demonstrate the vast scope of the Wright legacy.
The next Talisin Talks is called Showcasing Spoke Art and it’s set for 4 p.m. on May 27. This discussion will include Ken Harman, gallery owner and curator at Spoke Art Gallery and Hashimoto Contemporary; and Jeff Goodman, vice president of communications and partnerships at the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.
The panelists will reflect back on the 2019 Frank Lloyd Wright: Timeless Spoke Art exhibition, featuring a conversation with the artists on their inspiration and process.
The next event is slated for 2 p.m. on June 4 and it’s called Teaching Architecture for Extra-Terrestrial Habitats and Extreme Environments.
Joining the discussion will be Christian Snaft, Virginia G. Piper branch director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale; Christopher Jason, education manager at the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation; Natalie Pollet, education coordinator for the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation; and Erin Bonilla from NASA.
This panel will discuss what it means to build habitats in otherwise unlivable environments and the significance of teaching children about architecture using these challenges, a release states.
In addition to taking part in any of the foundation’s new virtual programming opportunities, the public can support the organization by donating or purchasing a membership, which includes passes for annual visits to Taliesin West in Scottsdale, along with reciprocal benefits at Wright sites across the country and discounts for online shopping.