'SNAP!' and 'Gnomon/Wave' open Glass House's season
"SNAP!" will be on view through Nov. 30 and "Gnomon/Wave" through Sept. 1.
SNAP! is a site-specific exhibition by Day, a New York-based artist. Conceived for 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.
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 Johnson's statement that "the building is alive," Day casts a massive, yet delicate net 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 an installation that explores the contours of Da Monsta with a deconstructed Herve Leger Bandage dress deployed as an architectural element.
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.
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Night 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" each "disappear" after their run, making room for new works and new absences.
About the Glass House:
Built between 1949 and 1995 by Johnson, the Glass House is a National Trust Historic Site located in New Canaan. The 49-acre landscape comprises 14 structures 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.
Tickets start at $30, including a tour of the site. For information or tickets, visit www.philipjohnsonglasshouse.org or call 203-594-9884.