Architects in Glass Houses

 
Anyone who has read Ayn Rand’s (dubiously ideological) The Fountainhead knows that architecture is the basis of a good plot. Now there’s a new play about modern design. The design and building of Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House
and Philip Johnson’s Glass House is
the background for the penetrating dramatic plot that entwines
the
epic conflict between artist and patron. The Glass House
explores, say the producers, “the classic struggle of ambition, love and betrayal,” otherwise known as the world of architecture. Produced by architect Kyle Bergman, the play, by June Finfer and directed by Evan Bergman, opens May 16th at the Clurman Theatre at 410 West 42nd Street. In addition, there will be post-performance talks by Paul Goldberger, New Yorker magazine critic; Barry Bergdoll chief curator of architecture and design at MoMA; Christy MacLear, Executive Director of Philip Johnson Glass House; Whitney French, Executive Director of Farnsworth House, and others. Look here for times and see below for these modern classics (or rather, modern glassics).
 
 

 

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Steven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes a weekly column for The Atlantic online and is the "Visuals" Columnist for the New York Times Book Review. He is also the author of over 160 books on design and visual culture. And he is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.

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