The synagogue was completed in 1959, the same year Wright finished the New York’s Guggenheim Museum. It is one of the most important buildings of the architect’s late career.
But despite its importance the building is lightly visited. Now the Beth Sholom Preservation Foundation has started to address this issue.
The nonprofit, nonreligious organization created to care for the building has now installed a visitor center that tells the story of a visionary rabbi, Mortimer J. Cohen, and the visionary architect who came together to create the space.
The foundation also offers lectures and is opening the doors to art installations with Hartt’s The Histories (Le Mancenillier.) Hartt, who is African American, focused the installation on the African diaspora and the connection this has with the Jewish experience. The experience is presented both visually and through music.
The exhibit will be on view from September 11 through December 19.
Read more about the art installation at The Philadelphia Inquirer by clicking here.