Two Guest Speakers Come to Sprinfield

April 13, 2013 § Leave a comment

Margo Stipes bookOn April 24 the Dana-Thomas House Foundation is sponsoring a presentation by Margo Stipe, author and Curator/Registrar of Collections at Arizona’s Taliesin West. The 40 minute talk, entitled “Frank Lloyd Wright and Japan: A Collector’s Passion and Inspiration,” will be followed by a question and answer session.  Beginning at 7 pm and free to the public, the event will be held at the Springfield Art Association’s Edwards Place Gallery where Japanese prints owned by local collectors will be on exhibit.

 I described a print transaction between Susan and Frank Lloyd Wright in an earlier post (to read, click here), and discussed the Japanese prints that are currently on display at the Dana-Thomas House in another post (to read, click here). Questions remain about Frank Lloyd Wright’s fascination with Japanese prints, and I look forward to hearing Margo Stipe fill in what she calls “an important piece of the fascinating puzzle that is Frank Lloyd Wright.”

 Coincidentally, the Springfield Woman’s Club sponsored another guest lecturer from out of town the same April week but in 1906.  I relate the event in Chapter 9 of Susan Lawrence: The Enigma in the Wright House:

 [Susan’s] affiliation with the [Springfield Woman’s Club] probably influenced the choice by that organization of Frank Lloyd Wright as a lecturer on April 25, 1906.  His topic was landscape gardening, and according to a newspaper report, he uncharacteristically declared “that a greater necessity existed for the landscape architect than for the building architect.” Despite the fact that the Springfield Men’s Association was also invited to the lecture, Wright only attracted a small audience.

 Hopefully, a lecture about Frank Lloyd Wright will generate more interest than a lecture by Frank Lloyd Wright did 107 years ago.  Join us if you can.

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