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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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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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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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New Fab.com Sale Includes Photos of Philip Johnson + The Glass House

Photographic print signed by the late Julius Shulman and Juergen Nogai

Photographic print signed by the late Julius Shulman and Juergen Nogai, limited edition of 50, available at the Glass House Design Store.

Starting today Fab.com is selling photographs by Richard Schulman. The Glass House is included in his Portraits of Architectural Icons, and Philip Johnson, as well as artists, architects, designers, and another legendary New Canaan, Conn. resident, designer Jens Risom, are included in Schulman’s collection of Portraits of Human Icons.

Find Glass House-commissioned artist photographs at the Glass House Design Store, including photographs by legendary architectural photographer Julius Shulman and artist James Welling.

The Glass House + Fab.com!
Don’t miss the upcoming Glass House Design Store sale on Fab.com launching Monday, March 26th!

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James Welling Exhibition Benefits the Glass House

Until January 2nd: Ten limited edition prints from artist James Welling’s Glass House series are on view in the Johnson designed Four Seasons Restaurant. Sales benefit the Glass House.  Presented by the Glass House in association with David Zwirner. Learn more and order here.

James Welling Exhibition
Four Seasons Restaurant, Lobby Gallery
99 East 52nd Street, New York, NY

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NEW: Message From The Director

November 16, 2011

As our tour season winds down to its November 30 close, we keep active. In the past few weeks we’ve announced some wonderful collaborations which will stretch through the holidays, and some of them beyond.

For any of you in the greater metropolitan area, please don’t miss the exquisite exhibition of James Welling’s Glass House photographs on view in the lobby of the Four Seasons Restaurant through January 2, 2012. A collaboration between The Glass House, David Zwirner, and the Four Seasons, all photographs are offered for sale, with a large percentage benefiting The Glass House.

James Welling Photograph

Entering the lobby is free, so don’t hesitate to see this beautiful show.  Plus, a short turn to the ladies’ room will give you an intimate view of the same Fortuny fabric that Philip Johnson used in the Brick House, currently closed pending restoration. Johnson often used the same materials on his projects (he designed the Four Seasons restaurant, and partnered with Mies van Der Rohe on the entire Seagram’s building), the Library/Study has carpeting originally used at the Four Seasons as well. The succulent garden, which can be viewed during our landscape tours, is built on a foundation of the same pink granite used for the AT&T, now Sony building. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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James Welling Glass House Exhibition at the Four Seasons Restaurant

James Welling Photo

The Philip Johnson Glass House, in association with David Zwirner, is pleased to announce an installation featuring works by artist James Welling to benefit the Glass House. Ten limited edition prints from Welling’s Glass House series are mounted in the Philip Johnson designed Four Seasons Restaurant Lobby Gallery at 99 East 52nd Street in New York. Learn more and order your limited edition Welling print.

Four Seasons
Experience the ultimate pairing of modern icons: Book a Glass House Private Tour and Four Seasons Dinner package, available all year.

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James Welling Glass House exhibition opens at the Four Seasons Restaurant

James Welling Glass House exhibition opens at the Four Seasons Restaurant

The Philip Johnson Glass House, in association with David Zwirner, is pleased to announce a new installation featuring works by artist James Welling. The exhibition, mounted in The Four Seasons Restaurant Lobby Gallery at 99 East 52nd Street in New York, features ten limited edition prints from Welling’s Glass House series. A portion of sales benefit Glass House general operations, education programs and preservation of the site, including fourteen buildings and structures, a collection of contemporary art and sculpture, and the 47-acre landscape.

Learn more and order your limited edition print.

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