Manitoga to Install New Gallery

Receives $300K for permanent collection

By Alison Rooney

A stack of melamine residential-line tableware designed by Russel Wright in 1957 (Photo by Alyssa Politi/Manitoga)

Manitoga, the former Garrison home and studio of designer Russel Wright, plans to use a $300,000 grant it received this month to create a gallery for items from its permanent collection.

The Henry Luce Foundation, which was founded in 1936 by the co-founder of Time Inc., will provide most of the funds for the 400-square-foot gallery, which will be located in the main house near a terrace overlooking the quarry pool. It will feature about 200 selections on a rotating basis from the collection’s more than 2,500 examples of Wright’s colorful dinnerware from the 1940s and Japanese-inspired porcelain and lacquerware from the 1960s.

“It will be the only permanent, in-depth exhibition of Wright’s product designs open to the public,” said Allison Cross, the executive director of Manitoga.

The lead architect on the project is Wendy Evans Joseph, with support from James Hartford of River Architects in Cold Spring. It is expected to open next year.

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