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National Historic Landmark Manitoga - Nature and Design

Sarah LaDuke

    Designer Russel Wright (1904 to 1976) revolutionized the American home through his contribution of inexpensive, mass produced dinnerware, furniture, appliances, and textiles.

Sarah LaDuke
Russel Wright studio window and pitcher at Manitoga.

  His home, studio, and woodland garden - collectively called Manitoga - are located in Garrison, NY. Manitoga is a National Historic Landmark, an Affiliate Site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and a World Monuments Watch Site. It is one of the few 20th century modern homes open to the public in New York State.

Here we speak with Allison Cross, the Executive Director of Manitoga.

In 2014, Manitoga welcomes artist Melissa McGill and composer Ben Neill asresidency artists. Palmas by McGill is a surround sound installation that will activate Manitoga’s central Quarry Pool and encircling path at timed intervals. As part of her residency, McGill will collaborate with flamenco guitarist Arturo Martinez to produce a site-specific dance performance along the Quarry Pool’s edge on September 27.

Ben Neill is the recipient of a 2014 New York State Council on the Arts Individual Artists grant to compose Manitoga, a piece for a unique brass quintet to premiere on July 26 at Manitoga.

Susan Cross talks about composer Ben Neill, a residency artist at Manitoga this summer.

Sarah has been a public radio producer for over fifteen years. She grew up in Saranac Lake, New York where she worked part-time at Pendragon Theatre all through high school and college. She graduated from UAlbany in 2006 with a BA in English and started at WAMC a few weeks later as a part-time board-op in the control room. Through a series of offered and seized opportunities she is now the Senior Contributing Producer of The Roundtable and Producer of The Book Show. During the main thrust of the Covid-19 pandemic shut-down, Sarah hosted a live Instagram interview program "A Face for Radio Video Series." On it, Sarah spoke with actors, musicians, comedians, and artists about the creative activities they were accomplishing and/or missing.
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