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Located in Garrison, New York, approximately one hour north of New York City, Manitoga is the House, Studio and 75-acre Woodland Garden of American industrial designer Russel Wright (1904-1976) and one of the few 20th century modern homes and landscapes open to the public in New York State. The organization preserves, protects and shares Wright’s modernist House, Studio and Woodland Garden as a masterful integration of design and nature, a powerful example of land reclamation, and a resource for inspired design in daily living through public tours, programs and events.

Seasonal guided House & Landscape tours are offered from May through mid-November, twice daily on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Four miles of woodland paths are open to the public year round. www.VisitManitoga.org for visitor information.  

In 2014, Manitoga inaugurated an Artist Residency Program. Through this exciting initiative, Manitoga each year invites artists to engage with the site to celebrate Manitoga as a place of great spirit and embrace designer Russel Wright’s legacy of creative experimentation. Visual and sound artists, composers and choreographers and more will explore the intersection of art, innovation, and nature through a work inspired by Manitoga and a culminating public event staged on the grounds. Past artists include Melissa McGill, Stephen Talasnik, Ben Neill and Todd Reynolds.                

The program has two components. 1) An art installation/exhibition on view to the public an entire tour season – May-November. and 2) the Annual Performance in late September, with one or two performances with audiences of 150 each time seated and/or moving around the Quarry Pool. The site is unique in terms of setting and audience POV in the landscape. The intent for the residency to inspire new work in dialogue with the creative energy Russel Wright found here to create his “place of great spirit.”   

Manitoga is a National Historic Landmark, an Affiliate Site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a World Monuments Watch Site and acknowledges support from the New York State Council on the Arts.

PALMAS – Melissa McGill’s surround sound installation at Manitoga

PALMAS was created by artist Melissa McGill in 2014 for the inaugural year of Manitoga’s Artist Residency program. The work, based one the clapping rhythms of flamenco, resounds through the Quarry pool as a part of the regular tours. Director Michael Arginsky and Cinematographer Rob Featherstone collaborated with the artist to produce this moving documentation of PALMAS as experienced live on site.

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PALMAS Performance

This video documents the collaboration, titled “PALMAS” between Melissa McGill, Artist, with
Flamenco y Sol Ensemble:Artistic Director Sol “La Argentinita” (baile/cante), Music Director Cristian Puig (cante/toque), Peter Basil Bogdanos (percussion), Barbara Martinez (cante/baile), and Isabel Del Dia (baile)

Director/Editor: Michael Arginsky
Cinematography: Robert Featherstone
LnJ Tech Services: Staging and Audio
This site-specific performance was created during Melissa McGill’s Artist Residency at Manitoga in 2014

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MANITOGA by Ben Neill

Video of Ben Neill’s 2014 Artist residency at Manitoga. Neill composed MANITOGA for brass quintet and electronics. Video documents the premiere of the work, intercut with an interview of Ben Neill on WNYC’s New Sounds by Jon Schaefer about the creation of the work and its influences.

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