Our guests were Laura Jones activist photographer and Richard Guy Wilson, the Commonwealth Professor of Architectural History at the University of Virginia and a Guggenheim Fellow. Our conversation covered Edith Wharton’s home, the most important Jeffersonian structure, Wilson’s top things to see in a life, and much more.
Laura Jones is an activist photographer visiting Charlottesville from Toronto for the UVA panel “Eyes (and Ears) on Economic Activism.” It is part of a nationwide 50-year anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “Poor People’s Campaign of 1968.” In that march on Washington 3,000 people stayed on the mall for 6 weeks, demanding economic and human rights for poor Americans of diverse backgrounds. Jones was there.
Richard Guy Wilson is an eminent scholar of architecture, specializing in the design and art of the 18th to the 21st century both in America and abroad. He’s written, co-written, or contributed, to over two dozen books not only about buildings but he bridges architecture to art and literature.
Out of admiration for Wilson, an alumnus endowed the “Richard Guy Wilson Prize, for Excellence in the Study of Buildings, Landscapes and Places.”
A sample of his book topics illustrates his range of knowledge from Newport Shingle Style, the Prairie School in Iowa, to Edith Wharton’s life and home, and a book on the Machine Age highlighting American art. And of course there’s the Architecture of Virginia and the University of Virginia.
His most recent endeavor is an exhibit at The Fralin Museum of Art, in Charlottesville called, “From the Grounds Up: Thomas Jefferson’s Architecture & Design.” It can be seen through April 29, 2018.