Farnsworth House will host the opening of "Side by Side | Farnsworth House + The Phillip Johnson Glass House" from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, in Barnsworth Gallery.
The exhibition presents the photography of Robin Hill, which explores the similarities and differences between two of America's most iconic modern houses: the Farnsworth House designed by Mies van der Rohe, and The Glass House designed by architect Philip Johnson.
Through a series of diptychs, Hill's lens explores the refined design and geometry of the structures and their relationship to the environment, celebrating their shared history and many points of difference.
Of his inspiration, Hill said, "I followed my instincts and saw the two houses as different songs from the same album of 'Frozen' music. One half was 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' and the other was 'The Boxer.'"
The exhibition will include biographical profiles of and correspondence among Mies, Johnson and Edith Farnsworth, as well as a scale model of the Farnsworth House and Glass House as an interconnected structure made by Mies’s grandson, Chicago architect Dirk Lohan. The exhibition is co-curated by Hill and Hilary Lewis, chief curator and creative director of The Glass House.
On opening day, the gallery will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and does not require a guided tour ticket. Social distancing protocol allows for only six guests in Barnsworth Gallery at a time. Guests interested in a guided tour of the house should buy tickets to the 10 a.m. or noon tours at farnsworthhouse.org/tours/. After opening day, gallery access is included only with the purchase of a guided tour ticket.
Guests should consider staying for a companion event later the same afternoon at 4:30 p.m. A staged reading of "The Glass House" by playwright and documentary filmmaker June Finfer will be performed by Lost and Found Productions. Actors will read the play from the lower terrace to attendees seated on the lawn. Guests are invited to bring blankets, lawn chairs, and their own snacks and beverages. Light refreshments will be for sale. Information and tickets may be found at farnsworthhouse.org/staged-reading-of-the-glass-house/.
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