In Her Own Right: Marion Mahony Griffin

May 5 – August 16, 2017
Kinney-Lindstrom Gallery

Marion Mahony Griffin (1871-1961) was one of America’s first woman architects, a Chicagoan also known as a skilled artist, environmentalist, and community activist. A central contributor to the Prairie School of Architecture, her drawings of the Unity Temple and many other projects introduced Frank Lloyd Wright’s early work to the world. Mahony Griffin was the first registered woman architect in Illinois who became a pioneer in architecture and community planning. A key member of Wright’s Oak Park Studio for 15 years, she and husband Walter Burley Griffin won the international design competition for Canberra, Australia’s national capital. This exhibition traces her early life, her personal and professional partnership with Griffin on three continents, the final years of her life in Chicago—and sheds light on the work and legacy of a Chicagoan of immense but often overlooked importance.

In Her Own Right: Marion Mahony Griffin Exhibition Events*

Friday, May 5                        • Exhibition Opens at 9:00 a.m.
Saturday, May 6                  • Small Opening Reception with Marion (Portrayal of Marion Mahony Griffin will be by Mary Rohne) in Kinney Lindstrom Gallery at 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, May 13               • Speaker: Peggy Bang “Marion Mahony Griffin – Her Life Story Living and Working on Three Continents” at 2:00 p.m. in Salsbury Room
Tuesday, June 27                • Lunch ‘n’ Learn “About the Exhibit : Marion Mahony Griffin” with Curator Mara Linskey-Deegan from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Lunch ‘n’ Learn is held every last Tuesday of the month from noon to 1:00 p.m. at the Charles H. MacNider Art Museum. Bring your lunch and an open mind to learn not only about art, but also the inner working of the Museum and art world. This is free and open to the public! Lunch and Learn also serves to keep docent volunteers informed.
Saturday, July 8                  • Rock Crest-Rock Glen Home Tours from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 8                  • Speaker: John Waters “Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin: Designing Community from Iowa to Australia”  at 2:00 p.m.
Friday, August 4                  • MacNider: Off the Clock with Marion (Portrayal of Marion Mahony Griffin will be by Mary Rohne) from 5:00-7:00 p.m.
MacNider: Off the Clock is a free event and open to the public. Complimentary wine and appetizers are available throughout the event, in addition to live music. Visitors can mingle with friends and coworkers as they explore the galleries and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of the MacNider.
Saturday, August 5             • Speaker: Anna Lewis “22 Women of Steel & Stone: Women Architects” in Salsbury Room at 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 16     • Exhibition closes at 5:00 p.m.

Sponsored by Bergland + Cram, First Citizens Bank, John K. & Luise V. Hanson Foundation, David & Phyllis Murphy Charitable Foundation, the River City Society for Historic Preservation, Visit Mason City, and Wright on the Park.

This program is supported by Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The views and opinions expressed by this program do not necessarily reflect those of Humanities Iowa or the National Endowment for the Humanities.


*Note: Event details are subject to change. Please visit this page again or call the Museum at 641-421-3666 before attending events for the most up-to-date details.

Produced by the Elmhurst History Museum
Curated and designed by Lance Tawzer
Written and Researched by Anna Rubbo, LFAIA
Image Research by Daniel Lund