Jimmy Robert
Imitation of Lives

Didier Morelli
The Glass House: A Performa 17 Commission, New Canaan, Connecticut, November 3 – 5, 2017
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Jimmy Robert Imitations of Lives, Performa 17, 2017.
Photos : Paula Court, courtesy of Performa and the Glass House
The Glass House: A Performa 17 Commission, New Canaan, Connecticut, November 3 – 5, 2017

The flaws in Philip Johnson’s iconic Glass House, his personal residence built in 1949 in New Canaan, Connecticut, are beyond physical. Once you look past the water-stained ceiling, modernism’s oppressive legacy is pristinely contained in the building’s architectural vernacular. The translucence of its floor-to-ceiling glass walls offer a privileged relinquishment of privacy by blurring interior and exterior space in a forty-nine-acre landscape couched in “Connecticut’s Gold Coast.”

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