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Constantin Boym Hosts Glass House Conversations

Constantin BoymThis Week’s Glass House Conversation is hosted by designer Constantin Boym, founder of Boym Partners Inc. and Director of MFA.DESIGN at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar. The work of Boym Partners Inc. is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art , won a 2009 National Design Award in Product Design, and has received numerous awards from the now defunct icon of industrial design, I.D. Magazine. Read the rest of this entry »

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Special Offer – Modern Views Book $50

Modern Views book cover

Special Offer – Modern Views Book $50

The Modern Views book includes art contributed from architects artists and designers including Zaha Hadid,
Ed Ruscha, James Welling and Paula Scher celebrating the Glass House and Farnsworth House.

New price at the Philip Johnson Glass House Store:
$50 (originally $70), plus $10 shipping.
Click here to order your copy today!

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Modern Views: Book Launch Event 10.20.2010

Modern Views book cover featuring a work by Al Taylor Sideffects of Danish Doorway, 1996

The Philip Johnson Glass House and Assouline invite you to join Modern Views Project participants at a reception and book launch for the publication of Modern Views, inspired by the Mies van der Rohe Farnsworth House and the Philip Johnson Glass House.

The event is generously hosted by David Zwirner where the exhibition Al Taylor: Rim Jobs and Sideffects will be on view.

Modern Views Reception and Book Launch

Wednesday, October 20 / 6:30 to 8:30pm

David Zwirner /519 West 19th Street / New York

RSVP to Christa Carr at christa_carr@nthp.org.

“The building as muse: that is the idea behind Modern Views, in which 100 distinguished architects, artists, designers and landscape architects have created works that are in some way inspired by either the Farnsworth House, Mies van der Rohe’s extraordinary masterpiece in Plano, Illinois, or the Glass House, the centerpiece of Philip Johnson’s estate in New Canaan, Connecticut, or both. That these two sublime buildings can both excite and challenge designers is no surprise; they have been doing so for more than half a century, and Modern Views, in a sense, is just an attempt to give concrete form to the great influence that these two works of architecture have had on the design sensibility of our time.”

 - excerpted from Paul Goldberger’s introduction to the Modern Views book

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2×4 hosts Glass House Conversations

Detail of 2x4's animation "Ecstasy 2010" included in Modern Views.

This week on Glass House Conversations, we’re pleased to welcome the trio of partners of the design firm 2×4 as guest hosts. Michael Rock, Susan Sellers, and Georgianna Stout are also participants in Modern Views, and their piece “Ecstasy 2010″ will be part of the Modern Views fundraising auction taking place this evening, October 6, at Sotheby’s in New York.

On Monday 2×4 posed the following question on Glass House Conversations:

“In your opinion, has ‘what it looks like’ and ‘what it means’ replaced ‘what it does’ as the dominant driver of design?”

The question references a recent studio critique of architect and Columbia professor Bernard Tschumi, who asked his students to articulate a distinction between “What it looks like and what it does.” This exercise captured the imagination of 2×4, whose work focuses on visual communications for art, architecture and cultural projects.

Says Michael Rock: “This seems like an essential dichotomy facing us now in an era of hyper-branding and public relations that demands every design has a neatly packaged story and clearly legible ‘inspiration’—think: “Freedom Tower” with its functionally-useless but symbolically loaded-height of 1776 ft. For every design, a metaphor.”

The conversation with 2×4 will run through 8pm EST Friday, and we invite you to join in at http://glasshouseconversations.org!

 

By Molly Heintz

 

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Modern Views: Larry’s Latest Limerick

By Claire Hunter

Larry Eisenberg (the science fiction writer who has attracted a cult following for his limericks posted in the various comments sections of the NYT) has struck again! He revealed his latest verse, an ode (of sorts) to the Farnsworth House.

He posted his rhyme in the comments section of Sandra Ballantine’s piece, A Tale of Two Houses. The article highlights the premiere of Sarah Morrris’ film, Points on a Line, at our upcoming Modern Views event in NYC on October 6.

The Farnsworth House of van der Rohe,
Is the glass house where folks love to go,
They’re unshaken, en masse,
By the Peepers who pass,
Intrusions that I’d find de trop.

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Modern Views: James Welling

Modern Views: A Project to Benefit the Farnsworth House and the Glass House invited some of our era’s top creative minds to continue one of the twentieth century’s great cultural dialogues; the historic exchange reflected in the Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Farnsworth House (1945 – 51) and the Philip Johnson Glass House (1949).

One hundred contemporary artists, architects, and designers created and donated works of art and written statements, capturing their thoughts and inspirations about these iconic buildings and the architects who created them.
 
Join us for the Modern Views event to be held at Sotheby’s in New York on October 6 (reply card here). The evening will feature an auction (complete catalogue here) and the premiere of the film, Points on a Line, by artist Sarah Morris.
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0962, 2006 Inkjet print, Edition 1/5, Courtesy of the artist and David Zwirner

James Welling’s luminous and evocative Glass House photographs utilize color in bold and unexpected ways and further the artist’s examination of  light, color, and reflectivity, and how these elements articulate architectural form. In the artist’s own words, these works investigate the process of transforming and obliterating the Glass House, Philip Johnson’s iconic residence in Connecticut.

Welling Bio

 Welling is currently a professor of photography in UCLA’s Department of Art

 Current exhibitions include:

 New Pictures 3: James Welling
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, Minnesota
August 20, 2010 – March 6, 2011

Glass House Cross Dissolve video by James Welling

 Recent press coverage:

Artforum.com

Metropolis Magazine

Wallpaper*

Design Boom

Map Magazine

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Modern Views: Ken Smith

Modern Views: A Project to Benefit the Farnsworth House and the Glass House invited some of our era’s top creative minds to continue one of the twentieth century’s great cultural dialogues; the historic exchange reflected in the Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Farnsworth House (1945 – 51) and the Philip Johnson Glass House (1949).

One hundred contemporary artists, architects, and designers created and donated works of art and written statements, capturing their thoughts and inspirations about these iconic buildings and the architects who created them.
 
Join us for the Modern Views event to be held at Sotheby’s in New York on October 6 (reply card here). The evening will feature an auction (complete catalogue here) and the premiere of the film, Points on a Line, by artist Sarah Morris.
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GRASS GLASS, 2010. Lenticular print, 16" x 16", Courtesy of the Designer, photograph courtesy of Sotheby’s

“When I think of the Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House and Philip Johnson’s Glass House the predominant images that come to my mind are of grass and glass. A radical goal of the modernists was that of transparency and the idea of the landscape moving from outside to inside and through the house. The landscape setting and the architectural space are collapsed into iconic abstractions in these houses. Both houses are as much landscape as architecture.” — Ken Smith

Ken Smith is part of a new generation of landscape architects who are equally at home in the worlds of art, architecture and urbanism.  As he was trained in both design and the fine arts, he explores the relationship between art, contemporary culture and landscape.

He is committed to creating landscapes, especially parks and other public spaces, as a way of improving the quality of urban life.  His work pushes beyond traditional landscape typologies – plaza, street, and garden to landscapes that draw on diverse cultural traditions and influences of the contemporary urban landscape.

 

 

GRASS GLASS, 2010. Lenticular print, 16” x 16” Courtesy of the Designer, photograph courtesy of Sotheby’s

Current projects:

Orange County Great Park, Irvine, California

Goldman Sachs Headquarters, New York, New York – just completed

East River Waterfront, New York, New York

Croton Water Treatment Plant, Bronx, New York

Publications:

The Library Book:  Design Collaborations in the Public Schools, Anooradha Siddiqi, Princeton Architectural Press, April 2010

 

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Demian Repucci hosts this week’s Glass House Conversation

Designer and Modern Views participant Demian Repucci.

Creative consultant, designer and Modern Views participant Demian Repucci hosts this week’s question on the Glass House Conversations site. Repucci asks: “In your opinion, what produces the most innovative ideas and effective solutions: ‘Competition’ or ‘Collaboration’?”

The question references Repucci’s playful artwork for Modern Views, a poster that depicts architects Philip Johnson and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe as opponents—or is it sparring partners?— in a boxing ring. The piece, which sold on September 16 at the first Modern Views auction event in Chicago, alludes to the complicated relationship of Johnson and Mies, who at different points in their careers were both rivals and allies. Read more on Repucci’s thinking behind the piece on his website. Repucci himself trained as an architect but throughout his career has applied his design training to projects of various scales, including furniture and product design as well as graphic design and branding.

His week as host of Glass House Conversations is off to a lively start, with participants debating the nature of competition and collaboration. This conversation will run through 8PM EST on Friday, September 24. We invite you to join in!

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Modern Views: Sarah Morris Film Premieres in New York

Points on a Line, a film directed by artist Sarah Morris, will premiere during the Modern Views event at Sotheby’s New York on October 6th. For ticket details, view the reply card or contact Christopher Roth (email: christopher_roth@nthp.org or phone: 203.594.9884 ext.7).

Sarah Morris Points on a Line 2010 35:44 min © Parallax

The Farnsworth House, Plano, Illinois and the Glass House, New Canaan, Connecticut. Philip Johnson and Mies van der Rohe. Curator and architect. Architect and architect.   Points on a Line documents a shared desire to build structures that might change the way we think about a house, a form and a context. These two buildings were the result of shared ideas and collective desire. But they also complicate ideas of the copy and the original and the chronologies of Modernism.

 The two buildings demonstrate a legacy of focus upon details and surface – inside and outside. Capturing the tension of ego and authorship in precisely deferring architectural statements. By carefully documenting the daily maintenance of these two buildings and lingering over the precise placement of the structures in space and of objects within each structure, we are presented with a clear view of places that have gone beyond their initial use and become the intersection of a dialogue that was both personal and professional.

Sarah Morris Points on a Line 2010 35:44 min © Parallax

Morris’s deployment of cinematic codes in relation to architectural precision produces images that go beyond a record of functionality or the streamlining of needs. These are places that remain elusive despite their openness – structures that are open vessels where we search for markers of the corporate aesthetic to come and the legal wrangles that marked the struggle to complete and maintain them. Buildings that require constant representation and new documentation in order to recode and understand what came before and what came next. Obtaining complete unrestricted access for each location of the film, Morris has woven together art, architecture and corporate image production with flowers, the behavior of bees and the patterns of butterflies – window washing, cooking, power-broking and collecting.

Morris filmed at both sites over the course of several months, among other locations including The Four Seasons Restaurants, the Seagram Building, Mies van der Rohe’s infamous Lake Shore Drive, and Chicago’s Newberry Library.  Morris utilizes The Four Seasons, a place that Philip Johnson practically used as his personal office, as the meeting point between the two architects.

Sarah Morris Points on a Line 2010 35:44 min © Parallax

Ultimately, Points on a Line is a record of preservation of two structures and a document of power plays that left a mark in the pragmatic idealism of the late modern period.

An edition of the film will be donated to the National Trust for Historic Preservation. It will become part of the artist’s series of films including: Midtown (1998), AM/PM (1999), Capital (2000), Miami (2002), Los Angeles (2004), Robert Towne (2006), 1972 (2008) and Beijing (2008). 

Sarah Morris is an internationally recognized artist, known for her complex abstractions, which play with architecture and the psychology of urban environments.  Morris views her paintings and films as parallel – both trace the urban, social and bureaucratic topologies.  In each medium she explores the psychology of the contemporary city and its architecturally encoded politics

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Modern Views: Video Debut

Would you rather live in Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House or Philip Johnson’s Glass House? Filmmaker Drew Harty posed this question during interviews at the press launch for Modern Views: A Project to benefit the Farnsworth House and Glass House.

Christy MacLear, Phyllis Lambert (photo: Patrick McMullan)

The event, which was held at the Four Seasons in June (event photos here), officially kicked off the project and provided the perfect opportunity to sit down with guests including Phyllis Lambert, Paula Scher and Dirk Lohan, among many others.

Drew highlights a  few of the responses in the recently released short segment. It serves as the perfect hors d’oeuvre -whetting the appetite for the main course (the complete film should be posted soon).

Click here and discover why:

Phyllis Lambert would rather live in the Farnsworth House…

Constantin Boym thinks that visiting the Farnsworth House should be a mind-blowing experience…

Dirk Lohan asserts that finding beauty in simplicity is a philosophical question…

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