Conversations in Context invited leaders from creative fields to reflect on the site’s past, present, and future, and to contribute their perspectives on the Glass House and its significance to contemporary debates.
Hilary Lewis collaborated with Philip Johnson over twelve years, recording extensively Johnson’s memoirs and ideas on architecture. Lewis wrote two books with Johnson: Philip Johnson: The Architect in His Own Words (Rizzoli, 1994), an oral history of Johnson’s experience in architecture, and The Architecture of Philip Johnson (Bulfinch, 2002), a presentation of the full Johnson portfolio from the early houses of the 1940s through his extended career of the following six decades, as well as curated a major museum exhibition on the architect, Philip Johnson: Architecture as Art. Lewis is trained in the history of architecture, public policy and urban planning, has taught architectural and urban history at Harvard and MIT, and served as the Philip Johnson Scholar at the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Glass House site.
The 2011 season of Conversations in Context was generously sponsored by BMW and Design Within Reach.