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Re: Article: Cancel Culture pays a visit to Philip Johnson

Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2020 7:36 pm
by peterm
Oh definitely Johnson was aware of the drawings and that the house would be white. Johnson was hanging on Mies’ every word, and the German undoubtedly relied on him, since he was in a new country, struggling with English, and Johnson was his most loyal supporter and unofficial student.

Re: Article: Cancel Culture pays a visit to Philip Johnson

Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2020 10:22 pm
by SDR
Where were the respective men living at that time ?

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Re: Article: Cancel Culture pays a visit to Philip Johnson

Posted: Tue Dec 22, 2020 11:59 pm
by peterm
Mies was the director of The Armour Institute (now IIT), and living in Chicago in 1945, having left Germany in 1937 after the Nazis closed the Bauhaus in 1933. (So much for “official style”.) He designed Johnson’s NY apartment in the mid thirties, one of his only commissions after the closure. As director of Armour, he also received the commission to design the new buildings and master plan for the campus.

After a stint in the Army, Johnson returned to MoMA in 1945/46 as the director of architecture and design, where he mounted an exhibition on Mies in 1947. He designed MoMA’s annex from 1949 to 1951, taught at Cornell and Yale, and designed a few houses before the Glass House (completed in 1949).

So Mies and Johnson obviously had known each other well for years. Drawings and a model of Farnsworth were included in the ‘47 MoMA exhibition: https://curtainedwallstimeline.hcommons ... ge-images/

From the timeline, Johnson:

“The idea of a glass house comes from Mies van der Rohe. Mies had mentioned to me as early as 1945 how easy it would be to build a house entirely of large sheets of glass. I was skeptical at the time, and it was not until I had seen the sketches of the Farnsworth House that I started the three-year work of designing my glass house.”

Re: Article: Cancel Culture pays a visit to Philip Johnson

Posted: Wed Dec 23, 2020 11:21 am
by Roderick Grant
A couple of thoughts:

If Mies went with white because of ancient Greek architecture, he assumed the same mistake most people made, that Greek temples were raw, white stone. Actually they were painted an array of gaudy colors from top to bottom, walls columns and statues. Same is true of the Gothic cathedrals of Europe.

For an institution with such close ties to architecture - the design of its original building by Goodwin & Stone, Johnson's association, acquisition of FLW archive - MoMA seems indifferent to the fine architecture of its own building and the wonderful Williams-Tsien American Folk Art Museum nearby, demolished to expand MoMA.

Re: Article: Cancel Culture pays a visit to Philip Johnson

Posted: Wed Dec 23, 2020 12:58 pm
by SDR
Familiarity breeds contempt---or perhaps just ennui ?

I don't recall the reasons MoMA gave for not making room in the design of their westward expansion for the Folk Art Museum.

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Re: Article: Cancel Culture pays a visit to Philip Johnson

Posted: Thu Dec 24, 2020 8:13 am
by peterm
New York, New York, it’s a helluva town. Talk about Cancel Culture.

http://twbta.com/work/american-folk-art-museum

Re: Article: Cancel Culture pays a visit to Philip Johnson

Posted: Thu Dec 24, 2020 1:36 pm
by Roderick Grant
The reason they demolished the building was, supposedly, because the architect could not effectively conjoin the MoMA structure to the AFAM building, even though there was a structure between the two buildings (the apartment tower) through which the attachment was made.