Thursday, October 20, 2011

Marion Mahony Griffin Book Talk

Professor David Van Zanten will speak about his book "Marion Mahony Reconsidered", in Canberra, 27 October 2011.
Professor David Van Zanten will speak about his new book 'Marion Mahony Reconsidered'.

At Paperchain Bookstore

34 Franklin Street
Manuka ACT 2603

Telephone 6295 6723 or email

Thursday October 27, 5.45 for 6.00pm
RSVP Wednesday October 26

Marion Mahony Griffin (1871-­1961) was an American architect and artist, one of the first licensed female architects in the world, designer for Frank Lloyd Wright’s Chicago studio, and an original member of the Prairie School of architecture. Largely heralded for her exquisite presentation drawings for both Wright and her husband, Walter Burley Griffin, Marion was an adventurous designer in her own right, whose independent and highly original work attracted attention at a moment when architectural drawing and graphic illustration were becoming integral to the design process.

This book examines new research into Marion’s life and paints a vivid portrait of a woman’s place among the lives and productions of some of the most noted American architects. The essays included take us on an ambitious journey from her origins in the Chicago suburbs, through her years as Wright’s right-hand woman and her bohemian life with her husband in Australia ­ whose new capital city, Canberra, she helped to plan, ­ up until her golden years in the middle of the twentieth century. Filled with richly detailed analyses of her works and including and populated by an international cast of characters, 'Marion Mahony Reconsidered' greatly expands our knowledge of this talented, complex, and enigmatic modern architect. ...

David Van Zanten, the Mary Jane Crowe Professor in Art and Art History at Northwestern University, USA, has edited the publication. WB Griffin Society members Professor James Weirick of UNSW and Associate Professor Anna Rubbo of University of Sydney are two of the four authors.

Please reply to the venue, Paperchain Bookstore at the addresses above, to make a reservation for this event, which is being organised by the Canberra Chapter of the WB Griffin Society. ...

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