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lunching at the glass house

my invitation must have been lost in the mail...

Philippe Petit (the high-wire artist who walked on a tightrope across the World Trade Center in 1974), Michael Bierut (a partner at the design firm Pentagram), Joan Brierton (a historic preservation specialist), John Stern (the president of the Storm King Art Center in Mountainville, N.Y.) and Bobbie Greene McCarthy (the director of Save America’s Treasures and former deputy chief of staff to First Lady Hillary Clinton) are at Phillip Johnson’s Glass House enjoying a five-course meal that alludes to five different decades, prepared by the chef Nils Norén of the French Culinary Institute in New York.

It sounds like the beginning of a particularly highbrow joke, but in fact it was just a pleasant Friday lunch in New Canaan, Conn. Christy MacLear, the executive director of the Glass House, invited the aforementioned guests, plus a few others, to discuss the concept of “Trophy” and how it pertained to Phillip Johnson’s life, his work and the Glass House itself. The event was part of a series of “conversations” that MacLear has been organizing as a way of keeping alive the spirit of intellectual exchange that Johnson encouraged throughout his life; previous discussions have tackled topics like “Simplicity,” “Legacy” and “Solution or Sacrilege.” The exchanges are recorded and may eventually be published in book form.

via: the moment