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Why are contemporary artists interested in engaging in the design world?

Da Monsta

There are just a few days left to join in the
online Glass House Conversation with
host Christian Bjone!

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New Film: Charles Renfro hosting Conversations in Context at the Glass House with Alexander Gorlin + Mary Ellen Carroll

Charles Renfro hosting Conversations in Context at the Glass House with Alexander Gorlin + Mary Ellen Carroll

Conversations in Context 2011 is generously supported by BMW and Design Within Reach.


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Conversations In Context: Evening Tour + Reception with David Salle, October 13

Conversations in Context

Thursday, October 13
Program: 5:30-8:00pm (Sold out)

Renowned artist David Salle will host an evening tour, discussion and reception for the October 13th Conversations in Context program at the Glass House.

Upcoming: Architect Charles Renfro of Diller, Scofidio + Renfro hosts Conversations in Context on Thursday, October 20.

Buy Tickets for Conversations in Context ($150)

Conversations in Context is generously supported by BMW and Design Within Reach.

Support from BMW & DWR

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James Biber Hosts This Week’s Glass House Conversations

We are pleased to welcome architect James Biber as the host of this week’s Glass House Conversations. Biber has recently lunched his own creative studio, Biber Architects, after nearly two decades as architectural partner at Pentagram New York. His work encompasses a broad range of projects, from architecture and urban planning to the design of smaller scale objects and furniture. Projects include the Harley-Davidson Museum in Milwaukee, private oceanfront homes in New York’s Hamptons, CUNY’s Macaulay Honors College, table ware for Umbra and the US Millennium Time Capsule.

James Biber, Architect

James Biber, Architect

Biber’s question asks what it would take for institutions of power to embrace modernism:

“In the design world it’s an article of faith that Modernism has been the dominant cultural style for decades. Designers, Architects and Artists are, in large part, solidly planted in the modern world, but the rest of America may not be as convinced. For American institutions of real power, Modernism is still an unaccepted and possibly dangerous concept. Look at our currency, consider iconic Washington; is any president likely to commission a modern rug for the Oval Office? Is there a single news or talk show set or baseball stadium that has embraced modern design? With the possible exception of banking, why is it so subversive to be modern?

What will it take for America to fully embrace Modernism?”

So far the conversation has generated responses from across the globe reflecting not just on American modernism, but the international scope and significance of the movement. We welcome you to join in and share your thoughts online at

By Emily Leibin


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