SEPTEMBER 2019 Tours: House, Studio & Landscape of MANITOGA
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On view in the main House Close Your Physical Eye by acclaimed artist Michele Oka Doner and Collecting Modern: Gifts from the George R. Kravis II Collection, iconic designs by Russel Wright.
Visitors meet at the Public Entrance: Manitoga, 584 Route 9D, Garrison, NY 10524
VIEWING OF THE HOUSE AND STUDIO ARE BY GUIDED TOUR ONLY
Visit MANITOGA, the House, Studio and Woodland Garden of pioneer industrial designer, Russel Wright (1904-1976). Tour Dragon Rock, Wright's experimental home which he built onto the rock ledge of an abandoned quarry while masterfully orchestrating the surrounding landscape into a series of outdoor rooms of varying character and delight.
General admission is $25; $20 for Seniors, Students and Members of Manitoga, docomomo, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Native Plant Center and Storm King, and Metro-North Riders with proof of purchase*; $15 for children 5 to 12 years (children under 5 not permitted). Tours are led by professional guides and limited to 15 people.
PLEASE NOTE - THIS IS A MODERATE HIKE
THE TOUR EXPERIENCE
Tours begin with a short film about Wright's life and design legacy. Visitors then follow the upper Quarry path to Dragon Rock. Along the way, the tour features stunning views of the House and Studio, an ascending stone staircase, a field of mountain laurel, and the exquisite moss rooms. Visitors approach Dragon Rock by crossing a majestic waterfall via a wood plank bridge. Interior spaces are defined by expanses of glass, innovative materials use, and seamless connections to outside terraces. The Tour concludes by following a stepping stone path over the Quarry Pool dam to the Visitor/Guide House.
As a part of the Artist Residency Program, Manitoga presents Close Your Physical Eye by Michele Oka Doner. Oka Doner's work and Wright's Manitoga are rooted in the sacredness of nature - its force, transcendence, eternal spirit, and timelessness.
The primal, elemental force of Fire and its diminished role in contemporary society have long held Oka Doner's artistic attention, and she continues her quest at Manitoga. An ancient trunk she foraged from Manitoga's woodlands will transform through fire into a darkened bronze Burning Star with sixteen points of candle light and will occupy the massive hearth of Dragon Rock's living room. Oka Doner gathered the bark of once mighty hemlock trees from Manitoga's forest floor and from these remains have emerged her gods and goddesses - six larger-than-life textured mono-prints on handmade paper, also derived from bark, that will be on view within the main House west gallery.
IMPORTANT TOUR INFORMATION
Visitors meet at Manitoga's Visitor/Guide House next to the parking lot located at 584 Route 9D in Garrison, NY. The guide will arrive just before the tour begins. Tours last 90 minutes and are conducted rain or shine. Please come prepared for the moderate hike portion: wear sensible walking shoes and dress appropriately for the weather, including bug spray and sun screen as needed.
Visitors must be at least 5 years old and able to negotiate uneven ground, several bridge crossings with no handrails and a series of 40 stone steps. PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A MODERATE HIKE.
Pets, backpacks, large bags, tripods, extension poles and selfie-sticks are not permitted.
For general inquiries, email firstname.lastname@example.org. PLEASE CALL 845-422-2380 if you are unavoidably delayed or will not make your scheduled tour.
For Saturday and Sunday 11am Tour ONLY: Take the Hudson Line train arriving Cold Spring station at 10:10 a.m. The Cold Spring Trolley ($4 round-trip) meets the train for the 11 a.m. Manitoga tour with a 12:30 p.m. return to Cold Spring.
IMPORTANT PLEASE READ: Disembark from train on town side, turn left, and follow the platform to the end toward sign for Cold Spring. DO NOT CROSS THE TRACKS TO THE RIVER SIDE. The Trolley is green and will be waiting near the small brick kiosk only until train departs. Show your train ticket at Manitoga's Visitor/Guide House for check-in.
Please note that if you miss the Trolley, you will need to take a taxi or Uber. Your admission ticket will not be refunded.
For other tour times and for hiking, take the train to Garrison Station. Make advance arrangements for a short taxi (845 446 8294) or Uber ride from the station to Manitoga, 584 Route 9D, Garrison, NY 10524. PLEASE NOTE: TAXI SERVICE MUST BE ARRANGED IN ADVANCE TO ENSURE AVAILABILITY. It is not advised to walk from the train station to Manitoga.
Manitoga / The Russel Wright Design Center (View)
Manitoga, 584 Route 9D
Garrison, NY 10524
|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|