The Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, NH and AIA NH have joined forces to host a film screening of Romanza: The Structures of California Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright on June 28th at 4pm in the museum. As a special treat, the director of the film, Michael Miner will introduce his film and take questions after the screening.
The director had unprecedented access to every California Wright-designed building, and the movie journeys all over the state, visiting more than 25 different projects as well as providing material on some of Wright’s un-built California work. The film begins with a 1909 Montecito summer home that began Wright’s fifty year relationship with California which lasted until his death and produced works that ranged from modest to grand and a mix of public and private buildings. In the film, it was said that “nowhere did he demonstrate his passion better for the art form that is architecture than in California” . In Los Angeles the film documents the textile block houses famous for their appearances in Hollywood films, in San Francisco, viewers see a building designed as a “glass of champagne” and a home in Carmel Bay that takes its shape from the prow of a ship. Traveling with the director is the only Frank Lloyd Wright doghouse which was designed for a twelve-year old boy who wrote and asked for a doghouse to match the Wright-designed home he lived in with his parents.
Romanza is the third film in a series of documentary films that cover different theme of structures from Frank Lloyd Wright’s career. The first is A Child of the Sun: The West Campus of Florida Southern College and the second is Sacred Spaces: The Houses of Worship Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The films can be purchased for individual viewing from www.designedbyfranklloydwright.com