At The Luss House:
Blum & Poe, Mendes Wood DM and Object & Thing
May 7-July 24, 2021
Works presented by Object & Thing in At The Luss House: Blum & Poe, Mendes Wood DM and Object & Thing: A group of ceramic vessels by Johnny Ortiz, 2021, photo by Maida Branch and Johnny Ortiz; Ritsue Mishima, Jomon, 2020, contributed by Alison Bradley Projects, New York, photo by Yasushi Ichikawa; A group of vases by Frances Palmer similar to works on view, 2021, photo by Frances Palmer
At The Luss House:
Appointments can be booked online beginning on May 5. Appointments are free, open to the public and conducted in accordance with public safety guidelines and restrictions on capacity.
Object & Thing joins international contemporary art galleries, Blum & Poe and Mendes Wood DM, in presenting an exhibition of newly created contemporary art and design, including site-specific works, at the former home of architect and designer Gerald Luss (b. 1926, Gloversville, NY) that he designed and completed for his family in 1955 in Ossining, New York. On view from May 7 - July 24, 2021, At The Luss House continues to explore the possibilities of connecting today’s artistic ideas with those of past eras through the presentation of contemporary art and design within an architect’s own domestic environment as the organizers also did last fall at the home of industrial designer and Harvard Five architect, Eliot Noyes.
An influential designer and architect, Luss is best known for his influence on large-scale corporate projects during the post–World War II building boom in Manhattan, although his work can be found around the world. He is particularly noted for the innovations he developed for the 350,000 square feet of interiors for the famed Time-Life office building (1959) on Avenue of the Americas in midtown Manhattan – the epitome of midcentury modern skyscraper design, commonly recognized today as the backdrop to AMC’s Mad Men series. His home in Ossining, commuting distance from New York City, was Luss’s first freestanding architectural project and where he lived during the three years he spent working on the Time-Life project. The home was used for many planning meetings between Luss and Time-Life staff and employs a similar connection between interior and exterior environments as well as shared materials and color schemes. At 94 years old, Luss is a collaborative partner in the exhibition, lending examples of his furniture and designs.
In addition to the organizing galleries, Object & Thing is presenting works contributed by Alison Bradley Projects (New York City) and GALLERY crossing (Minokamo, Japan).
The exhibition features works by:
Green River Project LLC
Marina Perez Simão
Daniel Steegmann Mangrané