National Historic Landmark Manitoga - Nature and Design | WAMC

National Historic Landmark Manitoga - Nature and Design

Jun 16, 2014

Waterfall at Manitoga
Credit Sarah LaDuke

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

Russel Wright studio window and pitcher at Manitoga.
Credit Sarah LaDuke

  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 as residency 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.