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Night Sounds #3, featuring a performance by Liz Harris + Jefre Cantu-Ledesma alongside Jason Dodge’s sculpture A tourmaline and a ruby inside of an owl, The Glass House, Oct 4th 2013

Liz Harris and Jefre Cantu-Ledesma first performed together at 2012’s Transmediale Festival in Berlin, where they debuted Harris’ Circular Veil — an 8-hour composition designed for performance-goers to sleep to. Their first collaborative release under the moniker Raum, Event of Your Leaving, will be released by Glass, house on Friday, November 15th 2013.

http://glasscommahouse.org/project/w-grouper-jefre-cantu-ledesma/

Liz Harris has been recording, performing, and releasing solo material under the name Grouper since 2005 on various imprints including Kranky, Type, and her own YELLOWELECTRIC. She lives and works on the Oregon Coast.

Jefre Cantu-Ledesma is a Brooklyn-based musician who has performed in bands and under his own name since 1996. He is a founding member of the groups Tarentel, The Alps, Portraits, and Moholy-Nagy as well as the Root Strata record label. His solo work is often generated from the electric guitar and orbits the gravity of memory, melancholia, excess, and restraint.

About Night Sounds at the Glass House:

The Glass House presents Night Sounds, a new performance series that parallels the Night (1947 – 2015) on-site sculpture-in-residence program. Guests will join the performer, Night guest-curator Jordan Stein, and Glass House Director Henry Urbach for a live on-site performance and reception. A new artist whose work engages with the current sculpture will be selected to perform with each of the seven iterations of the Night (1947–2015) exhibition, a series of works by contemporary artists that contend with the legacy of Alberto Giacometti’s absent sculpture Night and Johnson’s architectural opus. Night (1947 – 2015) and Night Sounds contribute to the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s larger goal of re-imaging historic sites for the 21st century by bringing catalytic change to its sites around the country.  The guiding principles of this initiative are that historic sites must be dynamic, relevant, and evolving and that they must foster an understanding and appreciation of history and culture that is critical, layered, and sensory. Night Sounds is coordinated by Jordan Stein. Each performance is documented by Derrick Belcham, who will produce a short film that will be made available online free of charge.

http://philipjohnsonglasshouse.org/programs/nightsounds/

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New Film: Murray Moss + Francois de Menil hosting Conversations in Context on May 2, 2013

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New Film: Night Sounds #2, a new performance series that parallels Night (1947- 2015) featuring Erratics by ARP

Night Sounds #2 was generously funded in part by the Historic Sites Interpretation and Education Fund, administered by the National Trust for Historic Preservation with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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The Glass House Announces Conversations in Context 2013

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The Glass House is pleased to announce the 2013 season of Conversations in Context, inviting leaders from creative fields to reflect on the site’s past, present, and future, and to contribute their perspectives on the Glass House and its significance to contemporary debates.

Conversations in Context take place select Thursday evenings from 5:30-8:00pm. Space is limited and advance reservations are highly recommended. Tickets are available now!

2013 Conversations in Context Schedule of Hosts

May 2 – Murray Moss, Founder, Moss + Francois DeMenil, Founder, FdM: Arch

June 6 – Elizabeth Diller, Founding Principal, Diller Scofidio + Renfro; Professor of Architecture, Princeton University

July 18 – Peter Eisenman, Founder + Principal, Eisenman Architects; Charles Gwathmey Professor in Practice, Yale School of Architecture + Cynthia Davidson, Founding Editor, Log: Observations on Architecture and the Contemporary City

September 12 – Bjarke Ingels, Founder, BIG Bjarke Ingels Group; Honorary Professor, Royal Academy of Arts, School of Architecture, Copenhagen

October 10 – James Welling, Photographer; Area Head of Photography, UCLA

October 24 – Peter Brant, Collector, Founder and President, The Brant Foundation, Inc.

November 7 – Annabelle Selldorf, Principal, Selldorf Architects

Conversations in Context is generously supported by Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope ®

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Additional support is kindly provided by Nat and Lucy Day.

Tickets, $150 ($100 tax deductible), include a Glass House membership and 10% discount in the Glass House Store. All proceeds support Glass House educational programs, preservation projects, and general operations.

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New Film: Michael Maharam + Paul Makovsky host Conversations in Context

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To learn more about the Philip Johnson Glass House visit philipjohnsonglasshouse.org

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A Conversation with Eliot Noyes’s Son, Architect Fred Noyes

Film: The Fragility of Glass, The Solidity of Stone: Eliot Noyes in New Canaan

by Gwen North Reiss

Eliot Noyes, photograph by Molly Noyes, all rights reserved

Eliot Noyes, photograph by Molly Noyes, all rights reserved

The second house that Eliot Noyes designed for his family in New Canaan is known for many things:  the Calder sculpture in the courtyard (and the mobiles inside), the inspired use of glass and fieldstone, and the separation of public and private spaces (you have to go outside through covered walkways around the center court to get to the bedrooms and bathroom) to name a few.  The house, which is still in the Noyes family, was the setting this past spring for a conversation with Eliot Noyes’s son, Boston-based architect Fred Noyes.  Our interview was filmed and photographed by students as part of the Glass House Oral History Project.

Noyes House 1955, back view. Photograph by Gwen North Reiss.

Noyes House 1955, back view. Photograph by Gwen North Reiss.

Eliot Noyes was a designer’s designer.  He made a quiet and profound mark on the disciplines of architecture and industrial design.  Are you a baby boomer whose first word processor was the IBM Selectric typewriter?  He designed it.  The modern Mobil logo and its streamlined stations with their circular umbrella-shaped canopies were projects that came from his office.  While a curator of Industrial Design in the 1940s at MoMA, he championed the work of Charles & Ray Eames.  He brought Paul Rand to IBM.  As both Fred Noyes and Gordon Bruce, Noyes’s biographer, both emphasize, his vision of American companies that integrate design, corporate identity, and product lines created a template for the way we do business today.

Noyes House, interior view from living area toward courtyard and front door.  Photograph by Jeanne McDonagh.

Noyes House, interior view from living area toward courtyard and front door. Photograph by Jeanne McDonagh.

We discussed Noyes’s life, his houses, and his principles of design.  A short clip features Meridee Noyes Brust, one of Noyes’s two daughters on moving into the second Noyes house.  The theme that emerged in our talk was the way that art, architecture, and life were in Fred’s words “all of a piece.”  While Alexander Calder worked on the sculpture for the Noyes courtyard, the whole family was in on the discussion of scale.  And Eliot suggested steel plates that would help support the weight of the sculpture—an innovation that changed the way Calder designed some of his larger outdoor pieces.  Fred also gave us a glimpse of a childhood visit to Calder’s studio—and how his wild enthusiasm (as he caught the moment of a small creation) gained him a prize.  His telling gives us an astonishing view of the artist at work.

Our interview is in two parts:  “The Fragility of Glass, The Solidity of Stone: Eliot Noyes in New Canaan,” and “A Bird, A Beast, and Two Mobiles: Alexander Calder and the Noyes Family.”  The second film includes a short bio of Noyes before the interview begins.

Film: A Bird, A Beast, and Two Mobiles: Alexander Calder and the Noyes Family

Alexander Calder and crew assembling the stabile (the Black Beast) in the courtyard. Eliot Noyes’s suggestion of using gusset plates to reinforce the sculpture was an idea that allowed the artist to create larger outdoor pieces. Photograph courtesy of the Noyes family, all rights reserved.

Alexander Calder and crew assembling the stabile (the Black Beast) in the courtyard. Eliot Noyes’s suggestion of using gusset plates to reinforce the sculpture was an idea that allowed the artist to create larger outdoor pieces. Photograph courtesy of the Noyes family, all rights reserved.

Noyes kids on stabile. Photograph courtesy of the Noyes family, all rights reserved.

Noyes kids on stabile. Photograph courtesy of the Noyes family, all rights reserved.

The Black Beast stabile in snow.  Photograph courtesy of the Noyes family, all rights reserved.

The Black Beast stabile in snow. Photograph courtesy of the Noyes family, all rights reserved.

Bird by Calder, given to Fred Noyes by the artist. Photograph: Fred Noyes, all rights reserved.

Bird by Calder, given to Fred Noyes by the artist. Photograph: Fred Noyes, all rights reserved.

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* The Philip Johnson Glass House is pleased to announce that tickets are now available for the 2013 tour season. A variety of tours are available so visitors can enjoy all aspects of the Glass House, an icon of American modernism, as well as art galleries and other buildings set a 49-acre country landscape. www.philipjohnsonglasshouse.org

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New Film: Conversations in Context featuring Beatriz Colomina + Felicity Scott, 2013 Tickets Available

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New Film: Beatriz Colomina + Felicity Scott hosting Conversations in Context

The Glass House Conversations in Context program offers visitors the opportunity to join a leader in architecture, art, landscape, history or design for an evening tour of the Glass House campus followed by an intimate conversation and reception on the historic property. Stay tuned for 2013 Conversations in Context speaker line up!

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2013 Tickets On Sale Now!

Tickets for the 2013 Glass House tour season (May 2 – November 30, 2013) are available now

Enjoy the Pure Glass House, Site, Extended, or Focus Tours (Art, Landscape, or Architecture) with access to Philip Johnson’s architecture, fine art collection, and 49-acre curated country landscape.

Described as “the world’s coolest country home” by GQ Magazineand just over an hour train ride from New York City, tickets to visit the Glass House are the perfect gift for the architecture, design or art enthusiast. Reserve today!

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Rendering of the proposed Cornell NYC Tech campus, Roosevelt Island, New York City. Credit: Kilograph 2012.

Join the Glass House Conversation

Join our online Glass House Conversation on campus design and urbanism hosted by city planner and urban designer, Raymond Gastil, going on now at glasshouseconversations.org!

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2013 Tickets Available + New Films with Michael Graves, Gary Hilderbrand + John Beardsley

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2013 Tickets On Sale Now!

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Tickets for the 2013
Glass House tour season
(May 2 – November 30, 2013)
are available now!

Enjoy the Pure Glass House, Site, Extended, or Focus Tours (Art, Landscape, or Architecture) with access to Philip Johnson’s architecture, fine art collection, and 49-acre curated country landscape.

Described as “the world’s coolest country home” by GQ Magazine, and just over an hour train ride from New York City, tickets to visit the Glass House are the perfect gift for the architecture, design or art enthusiast on your list.  Reserve today!

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New Films: Michael Graves, Gary Hilderbrand + John Beardsley hosting Conversations in Context

The Glass House Conversations in Context program offers visitors the opportunity to join a leader in architecture, art, landscape, history or design for an evening tour of the Glass House campus followed by an intimate conversation and reception on the historic property. Stay tuned for 2013 Conversations in Context speaker line up!


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Don’t miss the last chance to visit the Glass House this year! Tickets available now for tours running through December 9, 2012.
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To learn more about the Philip Johnson Glass House visit philipjohnsonglasshouse.org

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John Johansen, In Memoriam — June 29, 1916 to October 26, 2012


Architecture and Metaphor: An Interview with John Johansen
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Until his death on October 26, John Johansen was the last living member of the Harvard 5, the group of architects who settled in New Canaan, Connecticut after World War II.  Eliot Noyes was the first to buy land in New Canaan and he encouraged his colleagues—Marcel Breuer, Philip Johnson, Landis Gores, and John Johansen to follow. They designed houses for their own families as well as clients and created a laboratory of modern residential architecture among the clapboard Colonials of this small Connecticut town.

In the spring of 2010, a colleague and I traveled to Cape Cod to interview Johansen for the Glass House Oral History Project. He was 93 at the time, and with his wife Ati, had recently moved to Cape Cod, Massachusetts from his Plastic Tent House in Stanfordville, New York. Read the rest of this entry »

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Glass House News: Conversations in Context with Michael Graves + New Film

Glass House News

Upcoming Conversations in Context 

Michael GravesAugust 16: Michael Graves, Founding Principal, Michael Graves & Associates and Robert Schirmer Professor of Architecture, Emeritus, Princeton University. Tickets for this program are sold out.

September 20: Gary Hilderbrand Principal, Reed Hilderbrand and Adjunct Professor
of Landscape Architecture, Harvard University + John Beardsley, Director of Garden and Landscape Studies, Dumbarton Oaks and
Adjunct Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture,
Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

October 4: Beatriz Colomina + Felicity Scott
October 11: Michael Maharam + Paul Makovsky
November 8: Murray Moss + Francois de Menil

The Glass House is pleased to present Metropolis Magazine as a 
Conversations in Context 2012 media partner.


New Film: Pedro Gadanho, Marc Kushner + Matthias Hollwich hosting 
Conversations in Context

The Glass House Conversations in Context program offers visitors the opportunity to join a leader in architecture, art, landscape, history or design for an evening tour of the Glass House campus followed by an intimate conversation and reception on the historic property.


Join the Glass House Conversation

Education Think TankJoin this week’s online conversation, inspired by an Education Think Tank held at the Glass House on July 18, 2012.

What are your ideas for the future of education? How can historic sites and museums inspire?

The Glass House Education Think Tank project is funded in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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New Director + Glass House Conversations Film + Dine with Design Photos

New Director Welcome In late May, Glass House friends gathered at the Four Seasons Restaurant to welcome Director, Henry Urbach. The event was hosted by Frank Stella, Nadja Swarovski, John Bennett, Lisa Dennison/Sotheby’s and generously supported by Swarovski.View photos of the event and read Urbach’s vision for the Glass House to reemerge as a vibrant center for intellectual and cultural life.


Dine with Design – Thank You!Thank you to all who participated in Dine with Design at the Glass House. Special thanks to the featured chefs and artisans and to our generous sponsors and media partners for their support.Click here to view photos from the event.




New Film: Kenneth Frampton + Mark Wigley hosting Conversations in ContextThe Glass House Conversations in Context program offers visitors the opportunity to join a leader in architecture, art, landscape, history or design for an evening tour of the Glass House campus followed by an intimate conversation and reception on the historic property.




Upcoming Conversations in Context 
July 19: Robert A.M. Stern, Dean, Yale School of Architecture, Founder and Senior Partner, Robert A.M. Stern Architects + Henry Urbach, Director, The Glass House (Sold out)
August 16: Michael Graves (Sold Out)
September 20: Gary Hilderbrand + John Beardsley
October 4: Beatriz Colomina + Felicity Scott
October 11: Michael Maharam + Paul Makovsky
November 8: Murray Moss + Francois de Menil

The Glass House is pleased to present Metropolis Magazine as a Conversations in Context 2012 media partner.




Glass House Focus Tours
Select Mondays, 2:30pm
2-hour guided tour | $45 per person
Focus tours delve into specifics of the tour topic — Art, Architecture, or Landscape — including special access and alternate paths.
Art + Influence Focus Tours begin July 23
Architecture + History Focus Tours begin July 30
Landscape + Gardens Focus Tours begin October 1
Tickets
to visit the Glass House during the 2012 season are
available now
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