Liz Glynn’s Open House

At the turn of the 20th century, New York City’s wealthy elite gathered in opulent private ballrooms to define their social status. In contrast, Central Park granted democratic access to public space when it was established in the 1850s as one of the nation’s first urban parks. Open House is a new commission by Los Angeles-based artist Liz Glynn (b. 1981, Boston, MA) that highlights these historic class distinctions. It references one of the grandest Fifth Avenue interiors designed by Gilded Age architect Stanford White: the now-demolished William C. Whitney Ballroom.

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William C. Whitney residence, 5th Avenue at 68th Street. Interior view of the ball room, Stanford White, Architect

William C. Whitney residence, 5th Avenue at 68th Street. Interior view of the ball room, Stanford White, Architect