The Laurent House, one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterpieces, embraces the landscape along Springbrook Road, right here in Rockford. It is the only building that Wright designed to be totally handicapped accessible and the only Wright house where the original owners still live in the home designed specifically for them.
In honor of this world-class property, the Kortman Gallery is presenting a group exhibition titled “The Wright Inspiration: Art, Design, and the Laurent House.” Sixteen Rockford artists will present works inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright in a variety of media along with multi-media images of the interior and exterior of the Laurent House.
“Mr. Wright is probably the most influential figure in architecture in modern times,” said Doc Slafkosky, Kortman Gallery director. “He is recognized around the world for his innovative and challenging designs...and to have one of his beautiful works here in Rockford is worth celebrating. Besides, he’s the
only architect I know mentioned in a song!”
The Kortman exhibition will not only feature fine art, but functional design objects for the home such as pottery, lighting, and even neck ties. “This is more than an art show, you could almost say it’s a Frank Lloyd Wright/Laurent House experience,” said Slafkosky. “An entertaining holiday exhibition the entire family will enjoy seeing.”
Participating artists are Frank Houtkamp, Keith Grace, Brad Nordlof, Jim Julin,
John Verl McNamara, Jeanne Ludeke, Valerie Olafson, Javier Jimenez, Steve Pitkin,
Shari Grace, R. Scott Long, Jeremy Klonicki, Carmen Turner, Jennifer Mullin, Robert Sunday, and
The exhibition is presented in cooperation with Mr & Mrs. Kenneth H. Laurent,The Laurent House Foundation, The Community Foundation of Northern Illinois, The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Engine Studio, and Wallblank.
The opening reception for “The Wright Inspiration: Art, Design, and the Laurent House” exhibition will be Friday, November 25th from 5 to 10pm. The gallery is located upstairs at J. R. Kortman Center for Design, 107 North Main Street. For further information call 815/968-0123 or visit www.jrkortman.com.
What: “The Wright Inspiration: Art, Design, and the Laurent House” art exhibit featuring 15 Rockford artists and multi-media images of the Laurent House.
When: Opening receptions: Friday, November 25th, 5 to 10pm. Gallery & Store open Monday to Saturday, 10am – 6pm, and Sundays (in December) 1 – 5pm. Exhibit runds throug January 6th.
Where: Kortman Gallery, upstairs at J. R. Kortman Center for Design,
107 North Main St.