NEW CANAAN, Conn. -- Modern Living, a new project by Gerard & Kelly, brings into dialogue two homes lived in by the architects who built them — the landmark Schindler House in West Hollywood, California, and Philip Johnson’s Glass House in New Canaan.
The project explores themes of queer intimacy and domestic space within legacies of modernist architecture, and marks the first cross-country cooperation between these legendary sites working on a single artist’s project.
The Glass House, built in 1949, famously sheltered its architect Philip Johnson and his partner, David Whitney, in a relationship that preceded the Stonewall rebellion. The Schindler House, built in 1921 by R.M. Schindler, housed two families who shared a kitchen, garden and other common spaces—an early example of communal living.
Working with the nine dancers of LA Dance Project, Gerard & Kelly have created a performance score that reimagines the homes as sites of experiments in living, positing architecture as choreography for relationships.
Modern Living is presented by the MAK Center for Art and Architecture at the Schindler House and the Glass House, in association with Art Production Fund.
The project is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Modern Living received support from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.
Gerard & Kelly (Brennan Gerard and Ryan Kelly) have collaborated since 2003. Working within an interdisciplinary framework to create project-based installations and performances, they use choreography, video and sculpture to address questions of sexuality, memory and the formation of queer consciousness.
Their work has been exhibited at numerous institutions, including the Guggenheim, New York; the New Museum, New York, the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; and The Kitchen, New York.
Gerard & Kelly have received numerous recognitions for their work, including the National Dance Project grant from the New England Foundation for the Arts (2015), among others.
They completed the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program in 2010 and received their MFAs in 2013 from the Interdisciplinary Studio in the UCLA Department of Art. For additional information, visit gerardandkelly.com.