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Happy Birthday Ludwig Mies van der Rohe!

Illustration by architect Tadao Ando of the Farnsworth House (1945–51) designed by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. (Image from the Modern Views project, Courtesy of the architect.)

Illustration by architect Tadao Ando of the Farnsworth House (1945–51) designed by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. (Image: Farnsworth House, 2009, Ink on paper, 18 1/2” x 12 3/4” each, Courtesy of the architect.)

Today, 126 years ago, modern architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was born!

The historic exchange reflected in the Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Farnsworth House (1945–51) and the Philip Johnson Glass House (1949) is considered one of the twentieth century’s great cultural dialogues, and was explored in the recent Glass House commissioned film Points on a Line by artist Sarah Morris as part of the Modern Views project. (View the list of one hundred contemporary artists, architects, and designers who participated in Modern Views.)

Johnson was also an associate of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in the 1950s, and worked with the modern master on the design of the Seagram Building and its famed Four Seasons Restaurant. Interested in learning more? Enjoy an exclusive pairing of these two Modern Icons – tour the Glass House and enjoy a three-course dinner at the Four Seasons Restaurant! For more information visit http://philipjohnsonglasshouse.org/visit/#fourseasons

Photo courtesy of the Four Seasons

The interior of the Four Seasons Restaurant in New York designed by Philip Johnson, in the Seagram Building, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Photo courtesy of the Four Seasons.

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What design spectacles – eyewear or event – have had a significant impact on you?How will you celebrate Mies’s birthday?
The Philip Johnson Glass House invites you to join in
the Glass House Conversation on Design Spectacles -
share your thoughts on the design events (+ architect’s eyewear!) that have had a significant impact on you @ glasshouseconversations.org!

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The Glass House + Points on a Line at Art Basel

Filming Points on a Line at the Philip Johnson Glass House / Photo: Sarah Morris Points on a Line 2010 35:44 min © Parallax
Filming Points on a Line at the Philip Johnson Glass House
Photo: Sarah Morris Points on a Line 2010 35:44 min © Parallax

Glass House at Art Basel

Points on a Line, a new film by artist Sarah Morris, is the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s first contemporary art commission and collaboration between the Mies van der Rohe Farnsworth House and the Philip Johnson Glass House.

Points on a Line will be shown at Art Unlimited, Art Basel’s pioneering exhibition platform for projects that transcend the classical art-show stand. Art Unlimited opens on Monday, June 13 and runs through June 19th. Points on a Line is also on view daily at the Glass House Visitor Center.

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‘Points on a Line’ on View at Chicago Architecture & Design Film Festival

Sarah Morris Filming Points on a Line at the Philip Johnson Glass House

Filming Points on a Line at the Philip Johnson Glass House / Photo: Sarah Morris Points on a Line 2010 35:44 min © Parallax

Points on a Line is the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s first contemporary art commission and first collaboration between the Mies van der Rohe Farnsworth House and the Philip Johnson Glass House, both sites of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and calls attention to the Glass House’s commitment to exploring new ideas in documentation and preservation of our significant modern architectural heritage. The film will be shown with parallel  programming in various arts and cultural venues throughout the year, continuing the legacy of Philip Johnson and David Whitney by cultivating new talent and finding new methods to connect with and educate new audiences about the importance of our modern architectural heritage. The film first premiered as part of Modern Views, a collaboration engaging the two sites with the voices of 100 contemporary artist and architects.
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Private Domains/Public Displays: The Modern House Interpreted

The Glass House in 2007, Furniture Protected in Plastic, conservation

The Philip Johnson Glass House: Site Preparation, Pre-Opening Building Improvements, January – February 2007. Photo: The Philip Johnson Glass House / National Trust for Historic Preservation

Directors and curators from nine of the world’s iconic modern house museums will be speaking at “Private Domains/Public Displays: The Modern House Interpreted, A Symposium in Celebration of Fallingwater’s 75th Anniversary” on Tuesday April 5th 2011 at the Carnegie Museum of Art Theatre in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Read the rest of this entry »

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Artist Highlight: Lynn Davis

Alice and James, The Glass House, photo: © Lynn Davis

By Claire Hunter

I received an email from Lynn Davis’ studio announcing her latest exhibition, Lynn Davis: Persistence of Form: Photographs 1978 – 2010, currently on view through October 30 at Knoedler & Company in NY.

Lynn is also a participant in the Modern Views project to benefit preservation efforts at the Farnsworth House and the Glass House. She donated a digital print, Maison de Verre, France, 2001,which was auctioned at an event held at the Arts Club in Chicago last week.

Additional works donated to the Modern Views project will be auctioned at an event to be held at Sotheby’s New York on October 6 (view Modern Views complete catalogue).

Lynn’s work is also featured as part of the Glass House permanent collection. Three toned gelatin silver prints hang in the entrance to the Painting Gallery on the Glass House site. Visits to the Painting Gallery are featured on all six Glass House tours.

Brick House, The Glass House, photo: © Lynn Davis

The Glass House store (located at the Visitor Center) also carries a set of notecards featuring black and white photos that Lynn Davis captured on-site. The cards come in a set of eight and include images of  Philip Johnson’s dogs, Alice and James; Philip Johnson’s Library/Study; Brick House; Pavilion;  Ghost House; Lincoln Kirstein Tower and the Glass House.

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Modern Views: Gilles Saucier

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.
 
Tune in weekly for a preview of these works and check back for breaking news surrounding the launch of the Modern Views online auction as well as the formal launch of the Modern Views book published by Assouline.

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FOUND OBJECT/OBJET TROUVE, Helsinki, 2003 (Reprinted, 2010) Gilles Saucier| | Archival pigmented ink on hahnmuhle photo rag, 46-3/4" x 35" | Courtesy of Architect Gilles Saucier

Upon encountering this found object in Helsinki, Gilles Saucier could not help but take a moment to pause and reflect. Originally a concrete stair for a beach building, the artifact is a remnant of human intervention along this coastline. In the Modern Era of architecture, the most enduring and iconic projects, such as the Glass House and the Farnsworth House, engaged their sites in new, yet meaningful ways. Rather than being isolated, detached objects, these landmark projects have restructured the way we see and live in the landscape, thus markedly shaping our understanding of outdoor space.

 Gilles Saucier received his Bachelor in Architecture from the University of Laval in 1982.  In 1988, Saucier + Perrotte was formed.  Since then, the firm has gained international recognition for its institutional, cultural and residential projects.  As design partner along with André Perrotte, Saucier is responsible for the overall design of each project.  His commitment to design excellence is recognized by the architectural press worldwide. 

Since 1990, Saucier has been visiting professor and invited critic at several Canadian and American Universities as well as lecturing extensively and as an invited guest speaker at architectural organizations and universities. He was one of three Canadian architects invited to join the recent Governor General Team to promote Canadian Culture through a series of state visits to Finland and Iceland.

RESOURCES:

Saucier + Perrotte Architectes

Recipients of two 2010 Governor General’s Medals in Architecture

The Royal Architectural Institute of Canada award announcement

Architype Review interview with Gilles Saucier

Semi-Finalist, Musee National Des Beaux Arts du Quebec International Competition

Finalist, Architectural Design Competition at Fallingwater

Designing Thompson Residences in Toronto

LEED Accreditation

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