The Glass House Blog

The “Dog Days” of Summer – Glass House Message from the Director

Alice and James, Johnson's dogs

July 15, 2011

A recent article reminded me that these hot and sultry days are called the “dog days” of summer. Our minds slow and generally urge us to take a break. We hope, naturally, you will want to take that break with us, as a walk on the Glass House property does indeed seem like a beautiful vacation in only a few hours.

But it is dogs I want to talk about. David Whitney had two dogs, James and Alice. Johnson built them a “dog house” (which was really a model for an unbuilt project) that is now called the Ossuary because once the puppies grew they repurposed it for bone storage. One of the fourteen structures on our property, this is the only one with a “window” that gazes towards the Glass House. Look for it on your visit!

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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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