Open House is a must visit new outdoor installation for design aficionados and history buffs. Especially those with a keen admiration for the Gilded Age; an era known for its lucrative economic growth throughout the North and West of the United States.
Liz Glynn’s Open House exhibition Presented By Public Art Fund welcomes all without reservations. The Los Angeles-based artist Liz Glynn invites the public to relish on her contemporary interpretation of the now demolished William C. Whitney Ballroom, a space once exclusive to the wealthy society during the turn 20th century.
The “open air ballroom” is furnished by concrete cast versions of Louis XIV sofas, chairs, and footstools scattered throughout the plaza, just eight blocks away from the original William C. Whitney ballroom. The high concrete archways reminiscent of the Rococo period give a sense of architectural solidity to the space.
“In this strange facsimile, Glynn addresses the evolving face of a city: who has access to space in a society that is increasingly divided along socio-economic lines?”
I based my look on the Gibson Girl, the “New Woman” a term coined throughout late 19th and early 20th centuries to describe an independent, fashionable, and educated woman who enjoyed active roles in society.
Open house is located in Central Park’s Doris C. Freedman Plaza at Fifth Avenue and 60th Street.
More information on Liz Glynn’s Open House is available at Public Art Fund.
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