Adam McEwen: Chocked Rim

The Glass House is pleased to present Adam McEwen as this year’s Summer Party artist at the June 8th, 2019, 70th anniversary celebration. McEwen’s artwork, Chocked Rim, 2019, will be displayed in the Glass House from June 1st through August 19th, 2019.

In 1951, two years after the completion of the Glass House, Philip Johnson curated an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art entitled 8 Automobiles, celebrating cars as artworks. McEwen’s Chocked Rim is a machined graphite version of a standard car wheel: an object formed by function, utility, and necessity. Here the rim invokes the aesthetics of engineering, appearing as pure structure, a fetish of modernist architecture.

McEwen has also created a related work, Hubcap, a graphite rendering of a late 1950s Mercedes Gullwing coupe hubcap a car Philip Johnson drove. Hubcap will be sold exclusively at the Glass House to benefit preservation at the site. Summer Party ticket purchasers at the VIP Friend level and Platinum Table level will receive a single edition of Hubcap, as part of their donation. To reserve one from this edition please contact Isabel Richards at or 203.978.3011.

About Adam McEwen: Born in London in 1965, Adam McEwen lives and works in New York. McEwen’s work can be seen in the collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Rubell Family Collection, Miami; De la Cruz Collection, Miami; Museo Jumex, Mexico City; Julia Stoschek Collection, Düsseldorf; Marciano Collection, Los Angeles; Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums, Scotland; and Arts Council Collection, London. Recent institutional exhibitions have been held at the Aspen Art Museum, Colorado (2017); Winter Palace and 21er Haus, Vienna (2016); Museo Civico-Diocesano di Santa Maria dei Servi, Città della Pieve, Italy (2015); MOMA PS1, New York (2015); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2015); Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel (2013); Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, Netherlands (2013); Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas (2012); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2010); Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2008), amongst others.

Organized by Scott Drevnig.