2012-08-29 / Attractions

Russel Wright Design Retrospective Opens

On Sept. 8 from 5-7 pm, the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art in New Paltz will host a public reception for two new exhibitions, including Russel Wright: The Nature of Design, curated by Donald Albrecht and Dianne Pierce.

The Wright exhibition explores the work and philosophy of renowned industrial designer Russel Wright, whose former home in the Hudson Valley—Manitoga, located on Route 9D in Garrison—is now a national historic landmark.

The exhibition focuses on one of Wright's most pervasive preoccupations, which also has much relevance today: the relationship of humankind with the natural world. While examining Wright's entire career from the 1920s through the 1970s, this exhibition will focus on his work between 1945 and 1968, when Wright increasingly designed in experimental and innovative ways.

The exhibition is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalogue featuring essays by co-curators Donald Albrecht and Dianne Pierce and by Kerry Dean Carso, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Art History at the State University of New York at New Paltz. The catalogue also includes images and text from a slide talk developed in the 1960s by Russel Wright to promote his philosophy of modern living and the importance of maintaining a close relationship to nature.

Donald Albrecht has curated exhibitions that have ranged from overviews of cultural trends, to profiles of individual design firms and artists. Albrecht teaches in the Masters Program in the Decorative Arts at the Cooper-Hewitt and lectures frequently about architecture and design at other institutions. He is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome.

Dianne Pierce is the former Museum Education Director at Manitoga/The Russel Wright Design Center. She is an adjunct faculty member, teaching the history of design, in the Department of Art History at the State University of New York at New Paltz as well as faculty at Parsons The New School of Design in New York.

Russel Wright: The Nature of Design is presented by the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art in partnership with Manitoga/The Russel Wright Design Center. For more information about The Dorsky Museum, as well as detailed information about the above exhibitions and their related programs, visit www.newpaltz.edu/museum, or call (845) 257-3844.

Also opening Sept. 8 is Shinohara Pops! The Avant- Garde Road, Tokyo/New York, curated by Hiroko Ikegami and Reiko Tomii.

Both exhibitions are on display from August 29 to December 16, 2012.

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