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Conversations in Context

James Welling, Artist and Area Head of Photography, UCLA

James Welling, Artist and Area Head of Photography, UCLA

Conversations in Context invites leaders from creative fields to reflect on the site’s history and to contribute their perspectives on the Glass House and its significance to contemporary debates. Conversations in Context take place from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. and include a reception and site tour. Tickets are $150.

October 10: James Welling, Artist and Area Head of Photography, UCLA.

November 7: Annabelle Selldorf, Founder, Selldorf Architects.

November 21: Peter Brant, Collector, Founder and President, The Brant Foundation, Inc.

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Upcoming Conversations in Context

Conversations in Context invites 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.

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Douglas Coupland, Bjarke Ingels

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September 3, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Bjarke Ingels, Founder, BIG Bjarke Ingels Group + Douglas Coupland, Novelist, visual artist and designer
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October 10, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
James Welling, Artist, Area Head of Photography, UCLA
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Conversations in Context is generously supported by
Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®

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Additional support is kindly provided by Nat and Lucy Day.

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

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Upcoming Conversations in Context with Elizabeth Diller + Ricardo Scofidio, June 6, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

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Conversations in Context invites 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.

June 6, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. – Elizabeth Diller + Ricardo Scofidio, Founding Principals, Diller Scofidio + Renfro
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July 18, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. – 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.
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Conversations in Context is generously supported by Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®
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Additional support is kindly provided by Nat and Lucy Day. 

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Conversations in Context May 2, 2013 With Murray Moss + Francois De Menil

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The Glass House is pleased to announce that our first Conversations in Context event of the 2013 season, with hosts Murray Moss, Founder, Moss and Francois de Menil, Founder, FdM: Arch, is sold out! To learn more about upcoming conversations and hosts, including Elizabeth Diller, Peter Eisenman, Cynthia Davidson, Bjarke Ingels, James Welling, Peter Brant, and Annabelle Selldorf, and to reserve your tickets, visit: http://philipjohnsonglasshouse.org/programs/conversationsincontext/


ABOUT CONVERSATIONS IN CONTEXT

Since the 1940s, the Glass House has served as a place of inspiration, education, and conversation across creative disciplines. Its 49-acre landscape, 14 architectural structures, and world-class art collection continue to draw members of an international creative community to engage with its rich legacy. Conversations in Context invites 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 Thursday evenings from 5:30-8:00pm.

View films and learn more about the 2011 and 2012 seasons of Conversations in Context.

Conversations in Context visitors will also receive a Glass House / NTHP membership and a 10% discount in the Glass House Store.  $100 of this ticket purchase is tax-deductible and supports ongoing preservation and education efforts at the Glass House.

Conversations in Context is generously supported by Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®

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Additional support is kindly provided by Nat and Lucy Day.


ABOUT THE HOSTS

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MURRAY MOSS of MOSS and Moss Bureau, has sought out, discovered (or re-discovered), collaborated with, supported, and often nurtured, a large number of international designers, studios, and manufacturers, not only providing a unique and highly influential platform for their voices to be heard, but introducing new thinking, new contexts, new technologies, and new materials to the public for the past 17 years. Moss’s store has often been compared to a museum: at his shop/gallery in SoHo, he was a pioneer in his field, curating and producing, annual, acclaimed exhibitions, partnering with diverse entities and thereby expanding greatly the subject and definition of design. Moss’ agenda is to expand the criteria with which we evaluate ‘functional objects’, arguing that the inclusion of narrative, or an ‘art content’, in a functional object creates a hybrid: for example, ‘sculpture’ as well as ‘tool.’ Moss has continuously argued that the dictum ‘form follows function’ should be re-thought of as a point of view, not a biblical command. He believes good design is based on established, but arbitrary criteria, and that there are multiple sets of criteria due to multiple designer agendas; and hence multiple definitions of good. He has repeatedly invented more effective ways of illuminating the multitude of briefs designers can bring to a project, and succeeded in clearly articulating these briefs to the public through his iconic store displays and gallery exhibitions. Deliberately blurring the distinctions between industrial production and studio craft, between utilitarian objects and art, and more recently, between Modernist tenants and the resurgence of the Decorative Arts, the highly eclectic, ingeniously curated, museum-like presentations incorporate both humor and surprise as well as an intelligence and highly informed familiarity with the questions what ‘design’ is (and, most importantly, what it can be). Moss is a frequent guest speaker at art academies, universities, and museums. Mr. Moss has been acknowledged through numerous awards in his field, including the 2002 Chrysler Design Award and Russell Wright Award, House Beautiful’s 2000 Giants of Design Award, and Metropolitan Home’s 2004 Modernism Award. In 2007 he was inducted into Interior Design Magazine’s Hall of Fame. In February of this year, Moss opened Moss Bureau, an advisory agency providing a large number of services to the sector. Photo courtesy of Moss.

FrancoisDeMenilPhotowebFRANCOIS DE MENIL, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C; is Principal and founder of FdM:Arch, an internationally acclaimed architecture firm. De Menil grew up in one of the first International Style structures built in Texas, a mid-century residence designed by Philip Johnson in 1948, a one-story brick long and low-slung house set back on a large plot of land that is now part of the Menil Collection.  De Menil began his career as a filmmaker, creating films on the sculptors Mark di Suvero, Jean Tinguely and Niki de Saint Phalle. It was an interest in three-dimensional forms that first drew him to architecture. In 1987, he received his Bachelor in Architecture from the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. Prior to founding his own firm in 1991, de Menil worked in the offices of Richard Meier & Partners and Kohn Pedersen Fox. FdM:Arch has provided architectural and interior design services for a variety of institutional, residential, retail and corporate office projects. Under de Menil’s guidance, FdM:Arch is known for combining a understanding of light and space with an ability to find architectural solutions through inspiring narratives. The firm’s architecture examines issues of social, historical, and cultural context and transforms this research into a specific narrative related to the client, the site, and the program. From this synthesis emerges a signature concept that informs the tectonics. Across typologies from residential to institutional, the work explores issues relating to how we live, how we work, and how we experience the spirituality of life. The work exhibits innovative interpretations of programs capturing the project’s essence, reflecting its occupants, and harmonizing with its site. Photo by Oberto Gili.

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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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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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One of the most important homes in America needs you

Dear Friends of the Glass House,

The Glass HouseThe Glass House is approaching the end of an exciting season with the introduction of many new programs, part of a strategic initiative I like to refer to as Glass House 2.0. The Glass House of Philip Johnson and David Whitney was known as “the most sustained cultural salon the United States has ever seen.” Glass House 1.0 represented the first five years of the house’s public life as a National Trust Historic Site and house museum. Glass House 2.0 aims to recapture the site’s earlier legacy as a unique cultural center, a laboratory for the presentation of new works and ideas.

This year we launched an exhibitions program with two shows: Frank Stella: Scarlatti Kirkpatrick and Night (1947-2015) and welcomed over 13,000 visitors to the site. We also inaugurated a fresh flowers program, bringing new life to the interior of the Glass House. In the coming seasons, we will develop more ambitious projects, and are currently exploring new programs and activities that will strengthen the liveliness and relevance of our special site. Educational programs continue to take center stage, as we host monthly Conversations in Context, Glass House Conversations, and think tanks both on site and in the field, including our first participation in this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale. In time, we hope to add site-specific initiatives including residency programs, performances, and scholarly and community gatherings.

The Brick HouseIn addition to urgent needs, we are still working to raise funds to restore the Brick House, which has remained closed for the last five years, as well as make necessary repairs to the Sculpture Gallery roof. The Glass House is a preservation-based organization, and its 14 buildings, world-class art collection and 49-acre landscape demand ongoing maintenance.

To maintain our role as an important cultural asset and site of international significance, we need your support. Please help with a generous year-end donation. We welcome your support at every level.

Donate Now

If you would like to speak to a Glass House representative about your donation, please contact Scott Drevnig, Director of Development, at 203-594-9884 x33335, or sdrevnig@savingplaces.org.

James WellingAs a thank you for a donation of $2,500 or more, we are pleased to send you a signed copy of the James Welling: Glass House hardcover book. This book features mesmerizing images by one of the world’s eminent photographers.

We have an exciting new year in the works, filled with a vibrant and diverse range of exhibitions and programming. Thank you in advance for your care and support of the Glass House. We have a special place and an incredible team serving as its stewards.

Warm regards,

Henry

Henry Urbach
Director

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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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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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