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The Skyscraper Museum
Book Talks 2009
The Skyscraper Museum

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Jane King Hession and Debra Pickrel, authors of
FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT IN NEW YORK: The Plaza Years, 1954-1959
(Gibbs Smith 2007)

Recipient of the 2008 Independent Publisher Book Awards' Gold Medal in Architecture

Index of Speakers

Introductions by Museum Director Carol Willis (00:00-04:55)

Jane King Hession, "Taliesin East" (05:00-17:30)
Debra Pickrel, Battling the "Glass Box Boys" & Courting the New Consumer (17:35-31:10)
Jane King Hession, In the Spotlight & Master of the Medium (31:20-44:25))
Debra Pickrel, The Guggenheim Rising & After Wright (44:28-53:00)
D.P. & J.K.H., Question and Answer (53:20-1:03:36)

Jane King Hession, a native of Nyack, New York, received her M.Arch. from the University of Minnesota.  An architectural writer and historian with interests in Frank Lloyd Wright and mid-century modernism, she is the coauthor of Ralph Rapson: Sixty Years of Modern Design.  Hession resides in Alexandria, Virginia.

Debra Pickrel is a New York journalist who has written on architecture and design for Architectural Record, House Beautiful, Metropolis, and Preservation. She is also the author of A Day in Turtle Bay, a walking tour of her Manhattan neighborhood with a foreword by Walter Cronkite. A former board member of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, Pickrel is a journalism graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received her M.A. in Historic Preservation from Goucher College.  She is a native of Richmond, Virginia.