Edith Farnsworth Reconsidered
Co-presented with the Farnsworth House
On the 70th anniversary of the groundbreaking of one of the most iconic modern buildings in the world, the Farnsworth House presents Edith Farnsworth Reconsidered. This new installation interprets for the first time the interior as Dr. Edith Farnsworth would have occupied this house in the early 1950s, and explores the life and legacy of the fascinating client behind this world-renowned house that bears her name. Join exhibition co-organizer Nora Wendl for a Zoom talk in which she contextualizes the house within the life and ambitions of Dr. Farnsworth, furthering a more nuanced understanding of Farnsworth’s desire for the house, her choice to hire Mies, her relationship to modernism and design, and the role that gender has played in framing historical interpretations of this house.
Kindly register here for the talk, which takes place on July 1 at 7 pm EST.
Edith Farnsworth Reconsidered is a part of “Where Women Made History,” the National Trust’s multi-year initiative to honor the female leaders, thinkers, activists, and groundbreakers who contributed to American history and culture, and to protect the places where these women made their mark. Learn more and support our efforts at savingplaces.org/womens-history.
Nora Wendl is an artist, writer, and educator who is trained as an architect. Her work encompasses visual art, creative writing, and performance as historiographical practices. She is Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of New Mexico and is completing a book on Dr. Farnsworth and the Farnsworth House that is organized by and written through a set of interior perspectives.
Glass House Presents is an ongoing series of talks, performances, and other live events that extend the site’s historic role as a gathering place for artists, architects, and other creative minds. This event is co-hosted by New Canaan Library.