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Glass House Director, Henry Urbach, will visit Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Cologne, and Brno, Czech Republic for his lecture tour with Iconic Houses.

Henry Urbach, Director, the Glass House ©MelaniLustPhotography, courtesy of the Glass House

Henry Urbach, Director, the Glass House ©MelaniLustPhotography, courtesy of the Glass House

Glass House Director, Henry Urbach, will visit Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Cologne, and Brno, Czech Republic for his lecture tour with Iconic Houses. His lecture considers the history of the Glass House and its transformation from a private residence to a historic house museum and center for new art and ideas. The lecture will explore some of the more complex aspects of the Glass House campus, including references to historical architecture and Johnson’s own life, and consider how its exhibitions contribute to a rich interpretation of the site. There will also be a film screening of Diary of an Eccentric Architect, filmed on site with Philip Johnson.

Glass House Iconic Houses lecture schedule with links to purchase tickets:

February 16th, Van Schijndel House, Utrecht, The Netherlands

February 17th, John Adams Institute Amsterdam, The Netherlands

February 18th, Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

February 19th, Ungers Archive, Cologne, Germany

February 24th, Villa Tugendhat, Brno, Czech Republic

March 18th, Filmtheater ‘t Hoogt, Utrecht, The Netherlands: repeat screening of the film with Henry’s recorded lecture held at the Van Schijndel House

March 19th, Henry’s lecture online on Iconic Houses YouTube Channel

and Iconic Houses website.

Click here to view Henry’s interview with Iconic Houses

 

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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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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 Program Reintroduces Fresh Flowers to The Glass House, Generously Supported by Architectural Digest Magazine

Flowers at The Glass House

Flowers at The Glass House, 2003. Photo courtesy of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

For the first time since Philip Johnson lived in his iconic Glass House, fresh flowers will be on display there, bringing new life to the building’s interiors. The Glass House has launched a program, announced by Director Henry Urbach, to reintroduce fresh flower arrangements, which have not been seen in the house since Philip Johnson’s and his partner, David Whitney’s, passing in 2005. Local designer Dana Worlock will reinterpret Whitney’s original plant selection, adding and adapting to suit the specific environmental conditions and seasonal changes of the Glass House.

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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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Welcome party for Glass House Director, Henry Urbach

Robert A.M. Stern, Denise Wilson, Lisa Dennison, Henry Urbach

Robert A.M. Stern, Denise Wilson, Lisa Dennison, Henry Urbach

Welcome party for Glass House Director, Henry Urbach. May 23rd, 2012. Four Seasons Restaurant, New York. Generously supported by Swarovski. Hosted by Frank Stella, Nadja Swarovski, John Bennett, Lisa Dennison/Sotheby’s.

Photos By Sandra Hamburg

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Robert A.M. Stern, Michael Graves, Michael Maharam, Murray Moss host Conversations in Context 2012

2012 Conversations in Context Schedule of Hosts

The Glass House is pleased to announce its second year of Conversations in Context, offering 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. Conversations in Context take place select Thursday evenings from 5:30-8:00pm at the Glass House. Tickets are available now!
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May 17Kenneth Frampton, Professor of Architecture, Columbia University + Mark Wigley, Dean, Columbia University
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June 21Pedro Gadanho, Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art, Marc Kushner + Matthias Hollwich, Co-Founders, HWKN, 2012 MoMA Young Architect’s Prize Winner
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July 19Robert A.M. Stern, Dean, Yale School of Architecture, Founder and Senior Partner, Robert A.M. Stern Architects + Henry Urbach, Director, the Glass House
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August 16Michael Graves, Founding Principal, Michael Graves & Associates, Professor Emeritus, Princeton University
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September 20Gary Hilderbrand, Principal, Reed Hilderbrand, Adjunct Professor, Harvard University + John Beardsley, Director of Garden and Landscape Studies, Dumbarton Oaks, Adjunct Professor, Harvard University
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October 11Michael Maharam, Principal, Maharam + Paul Makovsky, Editorial Director, Metropolis Magazine
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November 8Murray Moss, Founder, Moss + Francois de Menil, Founder, FdM: Arch
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To be scheduledBeatriz Colomina, Professor of Architecture + Ph.D. Program Chair, School of Architecture, Princeton University, Director of the Media and Modernity Program, Princeton University
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The Glass House is pleased to present Metropolis magazine as a Conversations in Context 2012 media partner.
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Tickets to Conversations in Context are $150 ($100 tax deductible) and include a Glass House membership and 10% discount in the Design Store. All proceeds from Conversations in Context support Glass House educational programs, preservation projects, and general operations.
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New Film: Barry Bergdoll Hosting Conversations in Context at the Glass House on November 17, 2011

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

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Henry Urbach named next Director of the Philip Johnson Glass House

Henry UrbachThe Glass House and The National Trust for Historic Preservation are pleased to announce that Henry Urbach has been named Director of The Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut. Mr. Urbach will assume this role on April 2, 2012. Museum consultant, Rena Zurofsky, interim director since September 2011, will continue in that role through the end of March.

Previously, Mr. Urbach served as Curator of Architecture and Design at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). His exhibitions – known for their provocative and timely ideas, breathtaking installations, and broad appeal -were widely lauded. Mr. Urbach left SFMOMA in May 2011 to pursue independent writing and curatorial work, including research toward a project about the Glass House compound as a laboratory for curatorial experimentation.

“I can hardly imagine a place more full of potential than the Glass House. It has long contributed to culture by bringing together art, architecture, landscape, and people in significant and inventive ways. That is exactly what I hope to foster,” said Urbach.

Henry Urbach holds a degree in History and Theory of Architecture from Princeton University, a Masters degree from Columbia University’s School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and a Master of Arts in History and Theory of Architecture from Princeton University. He will reside in New Canaan, Connecticut.

The Glass House is owned and operated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and a part of the Sites Department led by Dr. Estevan Rael-Gálvez, Vice President of Historic Sites. “I am delighted that Henry will become a part of our team. His passion, intellect and skill make him the ideal director for the Glass House at this moment in time,” said Rael-Gálvez. “I am confident Henry will work to develop and sustain an environment where creativity, consciousness and community ensure the site’s success and future contribution to American culture.”

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

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Message from the Director

I am pleased to announce that The Glass House will have a new director, Henry Urbach.

Henry UrbachHenry most recently served as Curator of Architecture and Design at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), where his exhibitions were widely lauded. Mr. Urbach left SFMOMA in May 2011 to pursue independent writing and curatorial work, including research toward a project about the Glass House compound as a laboratory for curatorial experimentation.

Henry began his career as a project management associate at Carnegie Hall, during the period of its restoration and renovation, foreshadowing a career dedicated to producing spaces that support creative labor and its power to inspire. He holds a degree in History and Theory of Architecture from Princeton University (AB 1984 Magna Cum Laude), a Master’s degree from Columbia University’s School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (M.Arch. 1990), and a Master of Arts in History and Theory of Architecture from Princeton University.

He has taught and published extensively in the fields of architecture, art, design, and culture with writings that encompass theory, criticism, and journalism; and he has taught at numerous schools of architecture.

In 1997, Henry launched Henry Urbach Architecture, a unique New York-based gallery committed to joining the worlds of contemporary art and experimental architecture. He ran this business for nearly ten years, achieving international recognition.

I met Henry last spring and was struck by his energy and enthusiasm for the site.  He seems to me ideal to lead the dedicated Glass House team into even more innovative and exciting programmatic terrain, and to push restoration programs on track.  I congratulate Henry, and also Estevan Rael-Gálvez, Vice President of Sites at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, on his astute choice.

Henry’s tenure will commence on April 2.

Rena Zurofsky

Interim Director, Philip Johnson Glass House

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