Art Glass Homecoming Event
October 19, 2017
ART GLASS HOMECOMING EVENT
Martin House Receives Seven Original Frank Lloyd Wright-Designed “Light Screens” on October 25, 2017
ON DARWIN MARTIN’S BIRTHDAY, A MAJOR GIFT OF REPATRIATION
The Martin House graciously accepts seven original Frank Lloyd Wright-designed art glass panels as part of a historic transfer agreement reached with the University of Victoria’s Legacy Art Galleries, British Columbia, CA.
Wright’s “light screens,” as the architect liked to call them, are an important contributing attribute to the overall significance of the Martin House. There are 16 site-specific patterns of art glass in the form of windows, doors, laylights, and skylights, designed by Wright exclusively for the Martins for their multi-residential estate. The Martin House has more art glass in more patterns than any other house designed by Wright. Each pattern is a stunning example of artisanship and fundamental to Wright’s revolutionary “total design” principles.
The seven light screens, removed from the Martin House when the home laid vacant and under disrepair from 1937-1954, were purchased by the University of Victoria in 1968, and have been under their professional care for nearly fifty years. These windows represent a broad sampling of Wright’s genius in glass, and a critical element to the general appreciation and scholarly interpretation of the Martin House.
The extraordinary decision made by the University of Victoria to return these light screens reflects the university's ongoing commitment to artistic stewardship and heritage preservation.
In the spirit of a long-held history of bi-national cooperation and friendship, the Martin House is embracing this timely act of generosity and exchange during the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation and the sesquicentennial of Frank Lloyd Wright’s birth.
The Martin House will host a “homecoming” reception on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, from 5:30 – 6:30pm at the Greatbatch Pavilion. Free and open to the public, the community is invited to toast to this momentous occasion, which coincidentally falls on same date as the 152nd anniversary of Darwin D. Martin’s birth. The seven “light screens” will be on display at the reception, before they are installed within their historical context inside the Martin House. Guests will have an exclusive opportunity to hear a first-hand account of the windows’ journey from guest-of-honor, Mary Jo Hughes, Director of the University of Victoria Legacy Art Galleries.
The evening concludes with a free lecture from 7-8pm featuring Stuart Graff, President and CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation (Scottsdale, AZ). His talk, entitled “Brand = Building: Frank Lloyd Wright and American Business,” will explore Wright’s understanding of brand through a modern lens of two of his most important commercial projects—Buffalo’s Larkin Administration Building and Wisconsin’s Johnson Wax Building. Limited seating will be available for the lecture, reservations are required. To register, visit martinhouse.org.
Happy Birthday Canada!
Happy Birthday Frank Lloyd Wright!
Happy Birthday Darwin D. Martin!