Virginia Wright

    Virginia grew up in Sydney, Australia, and immigrated to Canada in the mid-1970s. She established a decorative arts business in Toronto in 1980, and subsequently became interested in the history of modern Canadian furniture. In 1985 she curated Seduced and Abandoned: Modern Furniture Designers in Canada, The First Fifty Years, the first retrospective exhibition of 20th-century Canadian furniture design. In 1992 she co-curated Achieving the Modern: Canadian Abstract Painting and Design in the 1950s, a national touring exhibition organized by the Winnipeg Art Gallery. Her book, Modern Furniture in Canada 1920 to 1970, was published by the University of Toronto Press in 1997.
    Since 1990 Virginia has been an adjuct assistant professor in the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at the University of Toronto, teaching a history and design course called Architecture and Furniture Design. In February 1998 she was appointed Assistant Curator in the Royal Ontario Museum's Department of Western Art and Culture.

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