The Glass House Blog

The Conservation of Bruce Nauman’s Sculpture Neon Templates of the Left Half of My Body at Ten Inch Intervals (1966)

Bruce Nauman's Sculpture Neon Templates of the Left Half of My Body at Ten Inch Intervals (1966)

On view in the Sculpture Gallery, Bruce Nauman’s Neon Templates of the Left Half of My Body at Ten Inch Intervals is integral to the permanent collection of the Glass House. Nauman, recognized as one of America’s most innovative and provocative artists emerged in the mid-1960s as a leading figure in Performance and Body Art and has since created an open-ended body of work that includes sculptures, photographs, films, videos, holograms, interactive environments, performances, and neon wall reliefs.

Learn more about the conservation of Nauman’s Neon Templates at the Glass House.

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Living in the Glass House

Support The Glass House

Dear Friends,

It has been an incredibly fast-paced year for the Philip Johnson Glass House. We celebrated our Fifth Season by developing new ways of welcoming the public to our site in person, online, through educational programs and events, and at art and design fairs around the world.

We’ve collaborated with significant architects (Charles Renfro, Tod Williams + Billie Tsien, Gregg Pasquarelli), artists (James Welling, Todd Eberle, David Salle) and writers (Paul Goldberger, Karen Stein, Philip Nobel), great chefs (Michele Richard, Brian Lewis, Bill Taibe, Lee Chizmar, Derek Wagner), as well as talented local high school students and their inspired teachers.

This year, more than ever, we need your support to help balance our budget. Our endowment covers only 40% of our operations, preservation and programs but we count on the generosity of our supporters to complete the picture.

Here’s why we hope you will  Donate Now!


New Tours

Focus: Concentrate on art, landscape and /or architecture -you decide!

Plein Air Afternoons: Unguided access for creative inspiration.
Pure Glass: Short, sweet and the lucid heart of the property

Cultural Experiences in Person
and Online

Private made Public: Salons hosted by cultural leaders are now available to all, either through an evening on site or connecting through an online film of each program.

Preservation and Conservation: The first site-specific work of Donald Judd, Untitled, 1971 was cleaned and conserved this season. Explore documentation of the it’s history, from archival images of the initial installation, to video of the conservation team at work and an online dialogue led by Flavin Judd.

Important Research: A seminal biography of David Whitney, Philip Johnson’s private but influential partner, is essential reading for understanding of the legacy of Johnson, Whitney and the Glass House.

Community

Generations Together: This fall marks our fourth year working with the New Canaan High School students and their teachers. This year’s projects included landscape photography and oral history films featuring local notable architects John Black Lee, John Johansen, and Fred Noyes speaking about his father, Eliot Noyes. These projects bring generations together to explore the essential history of New Canaan and Modernism. All of the student-produced oral histories and many of their photographs 
can now be enjoyed on our website.

47 Acres and 14 Structures

Storms: Besides the investments we choose to make, because we believe in them and their importance, there are the investments we need to make. Hurricane Irene, seasonal flooding and heavy unexpected snowstorms hammered the Glass House just as it did our neighbors. Repairs and canceled tours due to power outages and clean-ups resulted in significant lost revenues that severely affected our bottom line.

To maintain our role as an important community asset and site of international significance, we need your support. Please help us balance the Glass House budget with a generous year-end donation.

We welcome your support at every level.  Donate Now!

We hope to see you at the Glass House soon and often, on a tour through November, or early next season.

Sincerely,

Rena Zurofsky
Interim Executive Director
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The Library of Philip JohnsonAs an additional thank you for your donation of $1,000 or more, we will send you a copy of the just published, limited edition Library of Philip Johnson. Written by Birch Cooper and Jordan Hruska, this beautifully illustrated book examines 100 titles from the architect’s Library/Study located at the Glass House site and features an introduction by Architect Robert A. M. Stern, textual analyses and 350 photographs.

Donors of $5,000 or more will also receive invitations to an exclusive event at The Glass House during the 2012 season.

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New Book! The Library of Philip Johnson: Selections from the Glass House

The Library of Philip Johnson: Selections from the Glass House. COVER

The Philip Johnson Glass House and Birch Books Conservation are proud to announce the launch of a ground-breaking publication, The Library of Philip Johnson: Selections from the Glass House. Written by Birch Cooper and Jordan Hruska, this beautifully illustrated book examines 100 titles from the architect’s Library/Study located at the Glass House site in New Canaan, Connecticut and features an introduction by architect Robert A. M. Stern, textual analyses and 350 photographs.

View photos from the book launch party held on October 25th at the Four Seasons Restaurant.

Pre-order a copy ($45 plus shipping) now! (Books will ship in early November). Sales benefit the conservation of the Library/Study and collection of books it contains.

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Discuss Conservation of Artist Donald Judd’s Sculpture at the Glass House

Untitled-1971-by-artist-Donald-Judd

The cleaning and repair of Donald Judd’s first site-specific concrete sculpture, Untitled, 1971 is going on now at the Glass House.  Learn about the conservation process and the history of the piece, check out photos as the work progresses + post your questions here on the Glass House blog. Read the rest of this entry »

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Kazys Varnelis, Director of the Network Architecture Lab Hosts Glass House Conversations

Glass House Conservation, 2007

How do you pinpoint a singular moment or experience to preserve? Read the rest of this entry »

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Conservation of Minimalist Artist Donald Judd’s Site-Specific Sculpture Untitled, 1971, Begins This Week at The Glass House

Untitled 1971 by minimalist artist Donald Judd

What philosophical and technical questions arise about the preservation of the work and the legacy of Donald Judd?

Conservation of minimalist artist Donald Judd’s (1928-1994) Untitled, 1971, the site specific sculpture at the Glass House begins this week.  Glass House Conversations will serve as a public forum to delve into philosophical and technical questions about the conservation of the sculpture, modern preservation and the legacy of Donald Judd. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Glass House Gets a New Coat of Paint!

Paitning the Glass House, the Front Entrance

Painting the Glass House, the front entrance with blue masking tape.

If you visited the Glass House in recent weeks you may have seen that it is in the process of being painted. The edges of the Glass House’s windows have been masked in bright blue tape, and the steel structure is being carefully sanded, stripped, primed and re-painted. This important conservation project is being carried out in phases, painting one side of the building at a time, and maintains the original finish – matte black industrial paint – first applied when the Glass House was built in 1949. During this process visitors will still be able to go inside the Glass House, but certain collection pieces may be covered for their protection.

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Painting The Glass House

Painters working on the Glass House

Painters working on the Glass House, June 2, 2011

The Glass House is currently being painted. For more images of the process keep reading or check out our photos on Flickr. For more information on the ongoing conservation and preservation projects at the Philip Johnson Glass House please visit our website at
http://philipjohnsonglasshouse.org/preservationatwork.

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