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MASON CITY | What is it like to live in a work of art?

Experience the process of building and living in a home designed by one of America's greatest architects in the exhibit, "Frank Lloyd Wright’s Samara: A Mid-Century Dream Home," now open at The Charles H. MacNider Art Museum.

It explores the creation of a Wright house through the eyes of a client who spent more than 50 years fulfilling the architect's Usonian vision.

Original furniture, architectural fragments, rare archival materials, historic photographs, and video are all on view in this exhibition.

Visitors to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Samara are able to get a behind-the-scenes look at how the values of a young Indiana couple worked in tandem with Wright’s vision to create one family’s definition of an American dream home.

Two special events are planned in conjunction with this and the other temporary exhibit, "Richard Bock: Master of the Human Form."

Jack Quinan will present "Comparisons of the Prairie House Compared to the Usonian Homes of Wright’s Later Career" at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 12.

Then at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, Sharron Grimes will talk about "Richard W. Bock, an American Sculptor."

Both of these events are free and open to the public.

The exhibit is curated by Scott W. Perkins of Price Tower Arts Center, Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and offered through the John E. Christian Family Memorial Trust, caretakers of Samara.

It is toured by ExhibitsUSA, a national program of Mid-America Arts Alliance. More information is available at and

The exhibit is sponsored locally by the National Endowment for the Arts, John K. & Luise V. Hanson Foundation, Wright on the Park and the David & Phyllis Murphy Foundation.

It will be on display through Saturday, Oct. 31. Call 641-421-3666 or visit for information.

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