Philip Johnson's Glass House
New Canaan, CT
September 2012–November 2015
Kevin Beasley, Arm, 2014. Photo by Amanda Kirkpatrick.
1. Ken Price (Fall 2012)
2. Tauba Auerbach (Spring 2013)
3. Jason Dodge (Fall 2013)
4. Vincent Fecteau (Spring 2014)
5. Lutz Bacher (Fall 2014)
6. Kevin Beasley (Spring 2015)
7. Isa Genzken (Fall 2015)
Sometime in the mid-1960’s, a rail-thin white plaster sculpture called Night (1947), by Alberto Giacometti, walked away from the Glass House and never came back.
One of very few artworks ever displayed in the Glass House, Night’s rawboned figure was granted pride of place atop the Mies van der Rohe glass coffee table. Over time, the sculpture began to shed its outer layer and was eventually sent to the artist’s studio for repairs. But Giacometti died before the work was restored and the sculpture never returned. Neither repaired nor replaced, its absence still lingers; a Modern ghost.
In place of a traditional artist-in-residence program, Night (1947–2015) is instead a sculpture-in-residence program; an unfolding sculptural exhibition held in the same spot where Giacometti’s Night once stood. A series of contemporary artists will contribute works that contend with the legacy of Giacometti’s sculpture and Johnson’s architectural opus. On display for three to six months at a time, the sculptures in Night (1947–2015) will “disappear” after their run, making room for new work and new absences.
Although world-class painting and sculpture populate Johnson’s property, Night (1947–2015) is the first formal art exhibition to be held on-site. The slowly unfolding exhibition places Johnson’s collection in dialogue with contemporary sculptural practice while positioning the architecture itself—long a site of critical discourse—as both backdrop and collaborator.
Night Sounds is a sonic series to accompany the exhibition. Performances take place in and around the Glass House. The program has so far featured Julianna Barwick, ARP, Raum, Lucky Dragons, and Zhang Bao-Li.
All installation photos by Amanda Kirkpatrick