On May 2 the Philip Johnson, the Glass House, www.philipjohnsonglasshouse.org, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is hosting two exhibits, SNAP and Gnomon/ Wave that will be on display into the fall. These exhibits are unique to this fascinating attraction in Fairfield County.
SNAP! is a site-specific exhibition by New York-based artist E.V. Day. Conceived for the building known as Da Monsta (1995), the last building completed by Philip Johnson on the Glass House campus, SNAP! comprises four recent sculptures as well as site-specific installations for the building’s interior and exterior. E.V. Day is the first artist the Glass House has invited to reinterpret the building, originally intended as a visitor center and now used as a project space for contemporary art.
Upon arrival at the Glass House, visitors will immediately encounter Day’s reinterpretation of Da Monsta. Responding to Philip Johnson’s statement that “the building is alive,” Day boldly casts a series of massive red nets across its undulating volume, capturing and staking Da Monsta to the ground. The interaction between artwork and building continues inside. After entering Da Monsta, visitors first see individual sculptures by Day, including Spinneret (a study for Spidey Striptease), 2008; Wet Net, 2009; Pollinator, 2011; and Bandage Dress (white with chain), 2012. Once viewers enter the second gallery, they encounter a dramatic, site-specific installation that explores the expressive contours of Da Monsta with a deconstructed Herve Leger Bandage dress deployed as an architectural element.
The Glass House will debut New York-based artist Tauba Auerbach’s Gnomon/ Wave, a sculpture made for Night (1947 – 2015), a “sculpture-In-residence” series presented on the Mies van der Rohe glass coffee table inside the Glass House. Auerbach’s first sand sculpture, Gnomon/Wave evokes a solid wave of light composed of tiny particles. The physical form of the work resembles that of a gnomon, the vertical shadow casting part of a sundial.
Throughout the day, Gnomon/Wave will cast a moving shadow along and through the glass table where it rests. It will be on view until early September 2013. Night (1947 – 2015) presents a series of contemporary sculptures that contend with the legacy of Night, a 1947 sculpture by Alberto Giacometti that disappeared from the Glass House in the mid-1960s, as well as the architecture of the Glass House itself. Guest curator Jordan Stein organized this unfolding sculpture exhibition, held in the same spot where Giacometti’s Night once stood, over the course of three years. On display for three to six months at a time, the individual works presented in Night (1947 – 2015) each “disappear” after their run, making room for new works and new absences.
About the Glass House
Built between 1949 and 1995 by architect Philip Johnson, the Glass House is a National Trust Historic Site located in New Canaan, CT. The pastoral 49-acre landscape comprises fourteen structures, including the Glass House (1949), and features a permanent collection of 20th century painting and sculpture, along with temporary exhibitions. The tour season runs from May to November and advance reservations are required. For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit www.philipjohnsonglasshouse.org. For area information www.visitfairfieldcountyct.com