Guest Speaker John Waters

John Waters to speak at the MacNider Art Museum on July 8

The Charles H. MacNider Art Museum is excited to announce that John Waters will be giving a special presentation on “Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin: Designing Community from Iowa to Australia” to coordinate with the In Her Own Right: Marion Mahony Griffin exhibition on display in the Kinney Lindstrom Gallery from May 5 – August 16, 2017. This speaking event will take place on Saturday, July 8 at 2 p.m. in the Museum’s Salsbury Room.  Seating will be on a first come, first served basis and is free and open to the public.

With their 1911 first prize-winning entry in the competition for the new federal capital of Australia at Canberra, Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin implemented planning concepts they had developed in previous American projects.  These concepts sensitively emphasized the relationship between architecture and its natural environment.  Using these concepts, their design for Rock Crest/Rock Glen in Mason City, built from 1912 on, became their finest planning work in America and the most complete example of Prairie School planning in the country.  In turn, ideas learned in Mason City would be further developed in the Griffins’ later work in Australia.  This talk will focus on the treads of the Griffins’ design ideas that weave their way from Midwestern America to Australia, displaying a consistent emphasis on the connection between community and its natural setting.

John Waters is a registered architect based in Chicago.  He is the Preservation Programs Manager at the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy and co-director of the Victorian Society in America’s Chicago Summer School.  His independent projects have included writing the National Register of Historic Places nominations for the Griffins’ Rock Crest/Rock Glen development in Mason City and for Walter Burley Griffin’s Sloane House in Elmhurst, Illinois.

The In Her Own Right: Marion Mahony Griffin exhibition is 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.