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Marion Mahony Griffin: Discuss


Running from February to July 2019 in the IAF, ‘Marion Mahony Griffin: Discuss’ is a curatorial residency by Sarah Sheridan and Brian Ward.

The successful residency proposal of Sarah Sheridan and Brian Ward draws attention to the life and career of Marion Mahony Griffin (1871-1961), one of America’s earliest professional female architects. The daughter of an emigrant from Cork, she played a pivotal role in the studio of Frank Lloyd Wright and in town planning and architecture in America, Australia and India.

Inspired by Mahony Griffin’s radical reimagining of the studio and domestic environment, it is envisaged that a similarly engaging studio/gallery/domestic/work environment will be created. This exhibition will also be informed by ongoing discussions within a cross-disciplinary Mahony Griffin book club that will analyse and discuss extracts from her unpublished four-volume memoir, ‘The Magic of America’. The book club will host a public discussion event as part of the International Literature Festival Dublin. It is envisaged that a close reading of this text, as a work that challenges the conventional idea of the autobiography, will help illuminate Mahony Griffin’s distinct contribution to the history and historiography of architecture and town planning.

A symposium and film screening will be held to launch an exhibition in the IAF’s new gallery space.

Image courtesy of the National Library of Australia