Past Design Exhibitions

Manitoga regularly creates exhibits of objects within the House and Studio to highlight Russel Wright's legacy of design. 

Past DESIGN Exhibitions

JUNE 2017 - NOVEMBER 2018
NATURE IN DESIGN

Russel Wright Dinnerware Inspired by Manitoga. While the beauty of Russel Wright’s early dinnerware lines lay in color and shape, the later lines were distinctive for their ornamentation, often drawn from nature and sometimes literally incorporating it. Includes examples from Harker China Company’s White Clover (1951); Knowles Esquire (1955-1962); Flair - Ming Lace (1959). Exhibition objects from the Collection of Melissa Meyers, promised gifts of Dennis Mykytyn, and the Collection of Manitoga, Inc.

 

August 29, 2015 - July 30, 2016
SPun Aluminum designs by Russel Wright

Launched in the early 1930s when the start of the Depression and the end of Prohibition made an impact on the American domestic environment, Russel and Mary Wright’s first commercial line, Informal Serving Accessories, included punch bowls, cocktail sets, tidbit trays. Cool aluminum was juxtaposed with wood, cork and rattan knobs and handles. These housewares, intended for casual gatherings, were loaned to Manitoga from the collection of Gary and Laura Maurer. 

 

August 29 - November 8, 2015
The Power of Two-Designs of Mary & Russel Wright at Garrison Art Center

The Garrison Art Center, with consultation from Manitoga, presented an exhibition of early work by Mary and Russel Wright including some never before displayed objects and drawings. 

Photos: Spun Aluminum on Display - Vivian Linares; Libbiloo design object by Russel Wright - Masca