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The Glass House Debuts New Work by Artist Tauba Auerbach for Night (1947 – 2015) + Night Sounds Performance by ARP

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The Glass House is pleased to debut Gnomon/Wave Fulgurite l.l, a new work by Tauba Auerbach for Night
(1947 – 2015)
and Still Life (Glass, Grass, Sky, Sand)
for Night Sounds, a performance series that parallels
Night (1947 – 2015)

Tauba Auerbach, Gnomon/Wave Fulgurite l.l for Night (1947 – 2015)
On view May 2 – September 1, 2013

The Glass House
199 Elm Street, New Canaan, CT 06840
203.594.9884
Open Thursday – Monday, 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $30, including tour of the site.
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The Glass House is pleased to debut Gnomon/Wave Fulgurite l.l, a new work by New York-based artist Tauba Auerbach for Night (1947 – 2015), a “sculpture-in-residence” series presented on the Mies van der Rohe glass coffee table inside the Glass House, as well as Still Life (Glass, Grass, Sky, Sand) by ARP for Night Sounds, a performance series that parallels the exhibition. Selected by Jordan Stein, guest curator of Night (1947 – 2015) and project coordinator of Night Sounds, both Auerbach and ARP explore ideas of materiality, patterning, permanence, and entropy. Stein says of the pairing, “Their commitment to precision and beauty make the two artists an excellent, effortless match.”

Tauba Auerbach, Gnomon/Wave Fulgurite I.I (2013)  Sand, resin 26 x 11 x 2 in. (66 x 27.9 x 5.1 cm) Photography by Andy Romer Photography (2013), Courtesy of the Glass House, National Trust for  Historic Preservation

Tauba Auerbach, Gnomon/Wave Fulgurite I.I (2013)
Sand, resin
26 x 11 x 2 in. (66 x 27.9 x 5.1 cm)
Photography by Andy Romer Photography (2013),
Courtesy of the Glass House, National Trust for Historic Preservation

Auerbach’s first sand sculpture, Gnomon/Wave  Fulgurite l.l evokes a solid wave of light composed of tiny particles. The physical form of the work resembles that of a gnomon, the vertical component of a sundial that casts the shadow from which time is measured. Throughout the day, Gnomon/Wave Fulgurite l.l will cast a moving shadow along and through the glass table on which it rests. It will be on view until early September 2013.

Still Life (Glass, Grass, Sky, Sand) consists of a suite of compositions written for cello and French horn. Alexis Georgopoulos, the composer and artist who performs as ARP, remarks: “When Tauba decided to construct her sculpture from sand, the links between sand and glass became a motif in my piece.” Georgopoulos continues, “At points, the cello and French horn will be recognizable, at others blurred beyond distinction, leaving a glassy finish, the sense of a horizontal pane of sound. Slowing the instruments down renders the instruments transparent and difficult to make out. The source material turns into something else. Through a very simple act, involving time — often associated with sand, be it the hourglass or the crossing of deserts — the sound transforms itself. Whether crossing the Sahara or finding a place to throw one’s towel on the beach, a passage through sand alters one’s orientation to time and the way one views landscape. “

For the Night Sounds #2 performance, three double-sided vinyl acetates, or dubplates, will be pressed. The music on these six sides will contain specific, sometimes singular elements that make up the composition and will be arranged by ARP live, on site, using two turntables. The sound recorded on the fragile dubplates will degrade, distort, and dissolve during the performance. This quality will be exploited to emphasize ideas of material, relation to time, to sound, and to degradation and obfuscation.

Night (1947 – 2015) presents a series of contemporary artists whose work contends with the legacy of Night, a 1947 sculpture by Alberto Giacometti that disappeared from the Glass House in the mid-1960s, as well as the architecture of the Glass House itself. It is an unfolding sculpture exhibition held in the same spot where Giacometti’s Night once stood. On display for three to six months at a time, the individual sculptures in Night (1947 – 2015) will disappear after their run, making room for new work and new absences. 

Night Sounds is a new performance series that parallels Night (1947 – 2015). Live musical acts are paired with the sculpture on view for each of the seven rotations of Night (1947 – 2015), engaging the current sculpture while contending with the legacy of Alberto Giacometti’s absent sculpture Night. Each performance is documented by Derrick Belcham, who will produce a short film that will be made available online free of charge. Night Sounds invites the audience and online viewers to reinterpret Johnson’s architectural opus, the Glass House.

Night (1947 – 2015) and Night Sounds are part of the strategic development of the Glass House from house museum to a vibrant center for intellectual and cultural life which aims to recapture the site’s earlier legacy as a laboratory for the presentation of new works and ideas. During their lifetimes, Philip Johnson and David Whitney were famously curious, generous, and eager to try new things on the grounds of the Glass House.

About the Artists and Organizers:

Alexis Georgopoulos is a composer and artist based in New York City. As ARP, he makes liminal, minimal music, often with analog synthesizers and, increasingly, with classical stringed instruments. Since 2002, he has performed internationally and has been presented by CHANEL, The Kitchen, PS1, Goethe–Institut, Deitch Projects, Walker Art Center, MoMA, New Museum, White Columns, 303 Gallery, Jacob’s Pillow, SFMOMA, Luggage Store Gallery, Jack Hanley Gallery, New Langton Arts, Yerba Buena Center and Frieze Art Fair. He has released work on labels such as RVNG Intl, Type, Smalltown Supersound, DFA, True Panther Sound, Rong, Eskimo, Lo, Root Strata, Troubleman Unlimited, White Columns & Deitch Projects. He has remixed Lindstrøm, Delorean, Lawrence Wiener and Ned Sublette, Harald Grosskopf and Shocking Pinks and has been remixed by Hot Chip, Studio, Munk, Optimo, Etienne Jaumet and Soft Pink Truth.

Tauba Auerbach makes art that addresses language and logic through painting, weaving, photography, sculpture, bookmaking and instrument-building. Auerbach’s training as a traditional sign painter cultivated her love for words and letters; her text-based work is equally focused on the internal mechanics of language and its formal elements. Recent work has probed the fields of topology, color perception, and higher spatial dimensions. In her paintings, Auerbach confronts the division between the discrete states of flatness and three-dimensionality, gesturing towards a possible escape from the latter. Auerbach’s one-person exhibition, Tetrachromat, presented at Bergen Kunsthall and Malmö Konsthall is currently on view at Wiels Contemporary Art Center. Her work was included in MoMA’s 2012 exhibition Ecstatic Alphabets: Heaps of Language, the 2010 Whitney Biennial, MoMA P.S. 1’s 2010 Greater New York and the New Museum’s 2009 Younger Than Jesus. In 2011 Auerbach was awarded the Smithsonian’s Artist Research Fellowship. She is represented by Paula Cooper Gallery, New York and STANDARD (Oslo), Norway.

Derrick Belcham is the videographer of “Night Sounds.” Based in Brooklyn, New York, Belcham is an internationally recognized Canadian filmmaker, known for his work in vérité music documentary. He has worked with artists such as Philip Glass, Thurston Moore and Wilco. He is presently working on a series of dance films featuring acclaimed dancers of New York City performing choreography and improvisations in the streets of the city.

Jordan Stein Jordan Stein is a curator, programmer, and researcher based in San Francisco, CA. His recent projects have appeared in the New York Times, Artforum, Frieze, and NPR. He is an Assistant Curator at the Exploratorium, a museum of human perception, and is a co-founder of Will Brown, an experimental exhibition and program space. He also operates Glass, house, a collaborative operation concerned with transparency. He has twice been awarded the Alternative Exposure Award from Southern Exposure, andwith Will Brownwas a 2013 artist-in-residence at Headlands Center for the Arts. He received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2005.His latest project, The Best Things in Museums are the Windows, a four-day trek with Harrell Fletcher to the top of Mount Diablo, takes off from the Exploratorium in July, 2013.

The Glass House was built between 1949 and 1995 by architect Philip Johnson, the Glass House is a National Trust Historic Site located in New Canaan, CT. The pastoral 49-acre landscape comprises fourteen structures, including the Glass House (1949), and features a permanent collection of 20th century painting and sculpture, along with temporary exhibitions. The tour season runs from May to November and advance reservations are required. For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit www.theglasshouse.org.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a privately funded nonprofit organization that works to save America’s historic places to enrich our future. www.PreservationNation.org  Night (1947 – 2015) and Night Sounds contribute to the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s larger goal of reimagining historic sites for the 21st century. 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, sensory, and layered.

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New Exhibition Launches at The Glass House – Frank Stella: Scarlatti Kirkpatrick (2006 to present)

Art:  Frank Stella, K.80, 2006 © 2012 Frank Stella / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York Photo: Andrew Romer, 2012 


Frank Stella: Scarlatti Kirkpatrick (2006 to present)

On view September 22–November 30, 2012

The Glass House
199 Elm Street, New Canaan, CT 06840

Open Thursday–Saturday and Monday, 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.,
Sunday  11:30 a.m. to  5:30 p.m.

Tickets start at $30, including tour of the site.

 

Scarlatti Kirkpatrick (2006–present) is a series of recent works by the renowned American abstract artist Frank Stella. The series represents Stella’s current and latest body of work.

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Frank Stella Painting from the Glass House Collection Included in New Exhibition at L&M Arts

Philip Johnson Glass House, Painting Gallery, © Harf Zimmermann. Painting on View at right is Averroes (1960) by Frank Stella.
Paintings in the Philip Johnson Glass House Painting Gallery, from left to rightPhilip Johnson (1972) by Andy Warhol, Brzozdowce I (1973) by Frank Stella, Konskie III (1971) by Frank Stella, Tetuan II (1964) by Frank Stella, and Averroes (1960) by Frank Stella.
Photo © Harf Zimmermann.

The Frank Stella painting, Averroes (1960), from the Philip Johnson Glass House permanent collection is currently on view as part of the exhibition Frank Stella: Black, Aluminum, and Copper Paintings at L&M Arts gallery in New York.

Art critic Roberta Smith of the New York Times recently described the exhibition in her review Laying the Tracks Others Followed, Frank Stella’s Early Work at L&M Arts:

It features 13 of the adamant, quietly pulsing, exceedingly frontal paintings that Mr. Stella made in New York in the three and a half years after he arrived here in the summer of 1958, fresh out of Princeton.

This amounts to more early Stellas than have been exhibited in New York since the survey of his work at the Museum of Modern Art in 1970. They provide a heady sense of the first few fastest-moving years of his development, when he helped bring the Abstract Expressionist chapter of New York School painting to a close and lay the foundation for Minimalism.

Smith goes on to describe Stella’s Aluminum series, including Averroes:

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The Glass House Congratulates New Canaan High School Photography Teacher Jeanne McDonagh + Student Dylan Neuhaus for 2012 Scholastic Gold Key Award

Image of Glass House by New Canaan High School student Dylan Neuhaus

Photograph of the Philip Johnson Glass House by New Canaan High School student Dylan Neuhaus

The Philip Johnson Glass House congratulates New Canaan High School photography teacher Jeanne McDonagh, and her student Dylan Neuhaus, who won a 2012 Scholastic Gold Key award for a portfolio of photography including a photograph (above) of the Glass House.

Glass House Partnership with New Canaan High School Students + Faculty

The cultivation of young talent is central to the mission of The Philip Johnson Glass House.

The collaboration between the Glass House and New Canaan High School (NCHS) began shortly after the Glass House opened to the public. Photography, documentary film and journalism students, with the support of their teachers, began recording oral histories of the architects, craftsmen and homeowners who created New Canaan’s remarkable heritage of modernist residential architecture.

Additionally numerous photography projects using the Glass House site as inspiration have been woven into the art curriculum at New Canaan High School. Several of these images (including the work of Dylan Neuhaus) have become commissioned products for the Glass House Design Store, sharing this work with thousands of visitors each year.  Fifty percent of the proceeds from the sale of items using images from the students’ work will be directed to fund this ongoing partnership.

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Glass House Focus Tours: Architecture + History

Glass House Focus Tours: Architecture + History

2-hour guided tour | $45 per person | Select Wednesdays at 2:30pm

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Focus tours delve into specifics of the tour topic, including special access and alternate paths. Focus Tours are intended for guests interested in learning more about a key element of the site or for those looking to see the Glass House through a new perspective.

Architecture + History | Explore the history and theory, materials and technologies, influential architects, and preservation challenges of Modern architecture through the lens of the Glass House campus. Visit interiors of the Glass House (1949), Painting Gallery (1965), Sculpture Gallery (1970), da Monsta (1995), and access (through a field of tall grass) the Library/Study (1980), housing Johnson’s architectural library spanning Schinkel to Hadid and overlooking the Ghost House (1984).

For more information on this and other Glass House tours visit
http://philipjohnsonglasshouse.org/visit/

The 2012 Glass House public tour season runs from May 2 – November 30, 2012 (closed Tuesdays). Tickets are available now!  Advance reservations are highly recommended.  Tickets by phone, please call 866.811.4111.


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Glass House Focus Tours: Art + Influence

Glass House Focus Tours: Art + Influence

2-hour guided tour | $45 per person | Select Wednesdays at 2:30pm

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Focus tours delve into specifics of the tour topic, including special access and alternate paths. Focus Tours are intended for guests interested in learning more about a key element of the site or for those looking to see the Glass House through a new perspective.

Art + Influence | Philip Johnson and David Whitney played a significant
role in cultivating and commissioning the work of world-renowned creative talent that defined an era: enjoy deeper discussion and close observation
of the art works of the Glass House campus, including one of the world’s foremost collections of pieces by Frank Stella. Artists include Andy Warhol, Donald Judd, Cindy Sherman, David Salle, Lynn Davis, Julian Schnabel, Michael Heizer, Robert Morris, Bruce Nauman, Andrew Lord and John Chamberlin. Explore the personal relationships between the Glass House, these artists, and the founding and development of The Museum of Modern Art.

For more information on this and other Glass House tours visit
http://philipjohnsonglasshouse.org/visit/

The 2012 Glass House public tour season runs from May 2 – November 30, 2012 (closed Tuesdays). Tickets are available now!  Advance reservations are highly recommended.  Tickets by phone, please call 866.811.4111.


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Glass House Pop Up Shop on Fab.com!

Support The Glass House: Visit Fab.com to check out our
Glass House Design Store sale going on now through April!

Bracelets by Jessica Kagan Cushman with quotes by Philip Johnson.

Bracelets by Jessica Kagan Cushman with quotes by Philip Johnson, now available on Fab.com!

The sale includes great gifts and Glass House-commissioned products by Michael Graves, Jessica Kagan Cushman, Moleskine and more!

Sign-up to be a member of Fab.com (it’s free!) to view Glass House Design Store products available now on Fab.com!

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Visit the Glass House: Extended Tour

The Glass House

2.5-hour guided tour | $100 per person

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The Extended Tour offers visitors more time, a smaller group and increased access to the Glass House’s 47-acre curated landscape, 14 architectural structures and world-class private art and design collection. In addition to the interiors of Philip Johnson’s Glass House (1949), Painting Gallery (1965) and Sculpture Gallery (1970), and Da Monsta (1995) visitors on the Extended Tour enjoy access to Johnson’s Library / Study (1985) housing his private architectural literature collection. Extended Tour visitors are entitled to a membership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and a 10% discount in the Glass House Store.

For more information on this and other Glass House tours visit
http://philipjohnsonglasshouse.org/visit/

The 2012 Glass House public tour season runs from May 2 – November 30, 2012 (closed Tuesdays). Tickets are available now!  Advance reservations are highly recommended.  Tickets by phone, please call 866.811.4111.


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Visit the Glass House: Site Tour

The Philip Johnson Glass House

2-hour guided tour | $45 per person

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Experience the iconic Glass House site by walking through Johnson’s 47-acre curated landscape. View the 14 architectural structures and world-class art and design collection, and explore the interiors of Philip Johnson’s Glass House (1949), Painting Gallery (1965), and Sculpture Gallery (1970), and Da Monsta (1995) on a guided 3/4 mile walking tour.

For more information on this and other Glass House tours visit
http://philipjohnsonglasshouse.org/visit/

The 2012 Glass House public tour season runs from May 2 – November 30, 2012 (closed Tuesdays). Tickets are available now!  Advance reservations are highly recommended.  Tickets by phone, please call 866.811.4111.


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Visit the Glass House: Pure Glass House Tour

The Philip Johnson Glass House, photo by Eirik Johnson.

1-hour guided tour | $30 per person

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The Pure Glass House tour visits only Philip Johnson’s iconic Glass House (1949).  Visitors will spend time inside the Glass House and outside on the promontory overlooking Johnson’s 47-acre curated landscape.  Visitors will be transported by van directly to and from the entrance to the Glass House with minimal walking.  Please note this tour will NOT visit the other buildings on the site.

For more information on this and other Glass House tours visit
http://philipjohnsonglasshouse.org/visit/

The 2012 Glass House public tour season runs from May 2 – November 30, 2012 (closed Tuesdays). Tickets are available now!  Advance reservations are highly recommended.  Tickets by phone, please call 866.811.4111.



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