The Glass House Blog

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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Reception to Welcome Henry Urbach, New Director of The Glass House

On September 19, 2012, Agnes Gund hosted a reception to welcome Henry Urbach as the new director of The Glass House.

Aggie Gund, Henry Urbach and Frank Stella  Photo by Sandra Hamburg

Aggie Gund, Henry Urbach and Frank Stella
Photo by Sandra Hamburg

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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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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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Painting From Glass House Collection Included in New Exhibition at L&M Arts + Frank Stella Film


Glass House Film: Frank Stella: Return to the Glass House

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Painting From Glass House Collection Included in Exhibition at L&M Arts: 
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. See the exhibition now through June 2, 2012, at L&M Arts gallery, 45 East 78 Street New York, NY 10075, 10:00 am – 5:30 pm Tuesday – Saturday, or by appointment. www.lmgallery.com

For more information on the exhibition, the Stella collection at the Philip Johnson Glass House and the recent Glass House visit to Stella’s studio view the Philip Johnson Glass House Blog post: Frank Stella Painting from the Glass House Collection Included in New Exhibition at L&M Arts

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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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Happy Birthday, David Whitney!

David Whitney

On this day in 1939 David Whitney (1939-2005) was born in Worcester, MA.

David Grainger Whitney (1939-2005) was an accomplished curator and editor, an avid art collector and gardener, a loyal friend to many artists, an art adviser to New York’s powerful elite, and an advocate of contemporary art.  In contrast to his outspoken partner of forty-five years, Philip Johnson, Whitney was an éminence grise, an art world insider who preferred to maintain his privacy.  Whitney’s circle of friends included Modern masters such as Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol, Cy Twombly, Robert Rauschenberg, Claes Oldenburg, Frank Gehry, Frank Stella, Ken Price, among others.  Whitney described the development of these relationships simply as “I became close to these people who are now all gods.  But they weren’t then.”  However, from a historical perspective, this attests to his keen eye for emerging talent, as well as his deep understanding of and appreciation for the creative mind and artistic expression.

Read more of the first-ever David Whitney biography on our website at http://philipjohnsonglasshouse.org/history/bios/whitney.

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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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Why are contemporary artists interested in engaging in the design world?

Da Monsta

There are just a few days left to join in the
online Glass House Conversation with
host Christian Bjone!

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Message From The Director

January 9, 2011

Happy New Year!

I write as air finally chills with winter, although the ground remains resolutely brown, denying the season its romance.  The Glass House site is closed to the public until May 2nd.  However, the staff is hard at work with many off-season projects.

Here is a look at how we spend the winter: Read the rest of this entry »

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