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Glass House Presents at New Canaan Library: William Middleton on Dominique and John de Menil
April 18 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pmFree
New Canaan Library and The Glass House are pleased to present journalist and author William Middleton, speaking about his new book Double Vision: The Unerring Eye of Art World Avatars Dominique and John de Menil. The event will be held in the Library’s Adrian Lamb Room on Wednesday, April 18 at 6:30 p.m., preceded by a light reception at 6 p.m. Please register online at newcanaanlibrary.org. The program is generously supported by New Canaan Community Foundation.
Join author William Middleton for a fascinating presentation on the de Menils, celebrated collectors who became one of the greatest cultural forces of the twentieth century through groundbreaking exhibitions, artistic scholarship, establishing institutions, and work with civil rights. Middleton’s book, Double Vision, chronicles how the couple created an oasis of culture in their Philip Johnson-designed house in Houston, hosting iconic individuals and friends from Marlene Dietrich and René Magritte to Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns. They built the Menil Collection, the Rothko Chapel, the Byzantine Fresco Chapel, the Cy Twombly Gallery, and underwrote the Contemporary Arts Museum. With unprecedented access to family archives, Middleton has written a sweeping biography of this powerful and unique couple.
William Middleton is a journalist and editor who has worked in New York and Paris. He has been the Fashion Features Director for Harper’s Bazaar and the Paris Bureau Chief for Fairchild Publications, overseeing W Magazine and Women’s Wear Daily. He has written for The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, House & Garden, Esquire, Texas Monthly, Travel & Leisure, Departures, and the International Herald Tribune.