The William C. Whitney House used to stand at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Sixty-Eighth Street, but like a lot of things in New York, it was torn down to make way for the future. (A large apartment complex occupies the site today.) For her project some ten blocks south, at Doris C. Freedman Plaza, Los Angeles–based artist Liz Glynn has re-created portions of the lost building’s Stanford White–designed interiors out of concrete. Using photographic documentation as a kind of negative, Glynn cast a suite of armchairs and settees and sofas, as well as entryways and porticos, which gave the project a permeable edge. (The way these ornate passageways framed hot dog stands and honking Ubers provided the work a good portion of its frisson.) It was a sort of living room for the city, a hardened version of the domestic. The artist titled the work Open House. Call it Plaza brut.
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