September 27, 2017
The Friends of the Brill Library invite you to DREAM HOUSE:
An Intimate Portrait of the Philip Johnson Glass House
with Adele Tutter, M.D.
Philip Johnson designed and built for himself what Vincent Scully has called "the most conceptually important house of the century"—also known as the Philip Johnson Glass House. Ironically, this famous transparent structure has proved opaque, which is to say, maddeningly resistant to interpretation. In this presentation, Dr. Adele Tutter will argue that it serves as a mirror of the complicated Johnson himself. As an enthusiast of German modernism, he introduced to America such major figures as Ludwig Mies van de Rohe, Walter Gropius, Marcel Breuer, and Le Corbusier.
Dr. Tutter—who has published essays on the work of Raymond Carver, Francesca Woodman, Beatrix Potter, Nicholas Poussin and Leos Janacek—has found the perfect subject for such a book-length study, even down to the attraction to myth, to Classical antiquity and to pre-Socratic philosophy that she and Johnson share. There have been a number of biographies of Johnson and many studies of the Glass House itself. However, there has been no other "dual biography" of architect and creation, and nothing nearly so psychologically probing and nuanced as Dr. Tutter's approach to her project. Johnson was at once a very public and deeply private man, and his Glass House both reflects and magnifies that bifurcation.
No CME or CE credits offered
New York Psychoanalytic Society & Institute
247 East 82nd Street (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
The Marianne & Nicholas Young Auditorium