Three Ways of Seeing: Art and Architecture
Summer programs at Philip Johnson’s Glass House
Day is the first artist the Glass House has invited to reinterpret Da Monsta (1995), the last building completed by Johnson on the Glass House campus. Responding to Johnson’s statement that “the building is alive,” Day boldly casts a series of massive red nets across its geometric volumes, capturing and staking Da Monsta to the ground. The interaction between artwork and building continues inside with six sculptures that tease out the noir qualities of Johnson’s late work. Auerbach’s Gnomon/Wave is part of an ongoing “sculpture-in-residence” program called Night (1947–2015), the brainchild of guest curator Jordan Stein as an homage to Alberto Giacometti’s Night, which Johnson displayed on the Ludwig Mies van der Rohe glass coffee table he placed in the house. Auerbach’s sculpture, which evokes a solid wave of light composed of tiny particles and resembles a gnomon, the shadow-casting part of a sundial, will throw a shadow that moves along and through the glass table as the day progresses.
To continue the sort of intellectual and artistic exchange that Johnson and David Grainger Whitney encouraged, the Glass House will also host its Conversations in Context series again this year. Speakers for these evening events include Murray Moss, architect Peter Eisenman, photographer James Welling, collector Peter Brant, and architect Annabelle Selldorf, among others.