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New Film: Night Sounds #2 featuring Erratics by ARP, May 10, 2013

Night Sounds #2 was generously funded by the Historic Sites Interpretation and Education Fund, administered by the National Trust for Historic Preservation with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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New Film: Night Sounds #2, a new performance series that parallels Night (1947- 2015) featuring Erratics by ARP

Night Sounds #2 was generously funded in part by the Historic Sites Interpretation and Education Fund, administered by the National Trust for Historic Preservation with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Colorful Modern Desk Set Available at the Glass House Design Store

Modern Desk Set, available at the Glass House Design Store

Work in style with this colorful Modern Desk Set, available at the Glass House Design Store. A collaboration between UK designer Michael Sodeau and Japanese company Suikosha, this three piece desk set includes scissors, stapler and tape dispenser, and comes in three colors – Black, White, Orange or Blue.

Proceeds from sales support the Philip Johnson Glass House, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Check out the Modern Desk Set and more great gifts now available at the Glass House Design Store!

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Save the Date! Dine with Design at the Glass House – June 9, 2012

Save the Date! Dine with Design at the Glass House - June 9, 2012
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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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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Support The Glass House

Dear Friends,

Architecture, Art and Audience are our three motivations. The Philip Johnson Glass House is simply one of the most significant modernist sites in America, the private home that inspired a revolution in mid-20th century living that extends to the present day. The site’s remaining art collection provides a fascinating insight to the curatorial talents of Johnson’s partner, David Whitney. Between them, Johnson and Whitney significantly shaped the exhibitions and collections of the Museum of Modern Art’s formative decades. In opening the site for tours and in creating deeper and richer web content, our goal is to educate and inspire you, our local, national, and international audience.To accomplish our goals of preserving, restoring and performing original research, we count on the generosity of our supporters. We count on you!This year, more than ever, we need your help to balance our budget: Our endowment covers only 40% of our operations, preservation and programs.

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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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Book Launch at the Four Seasons – The Library of Philip Johnson: Selections from the Glass House

Jordan Hruska, Birch Cooper, Robert Stern, Rena Zurofsky
©Patrick McMullan / Photo – Leandro Justen/PatrickMcMullan.com
Jordan Hruska, Birch Cooper, Robert Stern, Rena Zurofsky.
Book Launch at the Four Seasons, October 25, 2011.

The Philip Johnson Glass HouseThe National Trust for Historic Preservation and Birch Books Conservation announced the launch of a ground-breaking publication, The Library of Philip Johnson: Selections from the Glass House, at The Four Seasons Restaurant on October 25, 2011. Written by Birch Cooper and Jordan Hruska, this beautifully illustrated book examines 100 titles from the architect’s Library/Study located in New Canaan, Connecticut and features an introduction by Architect Robert A. M. Stern, textual analyses and 350 photographs.
Book Cover - The Library of Philip Johnson
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.

Rena Zurofsky, Interim Executive Director of The Philip Johnson Glass House, and Birch Cooper welcomed guests to the launch celebration sponsored by Christopher Spitzmiller, Inc. held at The Four Seasons Restaurant in New York. Robert A. M. Stern signed copies of the newly published book, The Library of Philip Johnson: Selections from the Glass House, while guests mingled and enjoyed a selection of martinis provided by Belvedere Vodka.

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Keep reading for more photos from the event + Join us for the online Glass House Conversation hosted by Birch Cooper, going on now at glasshouseconversations.org!

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Glass House Conversation This Week: How is creative talent supported today?

Join us for this week’s online Glass House Conversation inspired by the recent Conversations in Context program at the Glass House with host Paul Goldberger, Architecture Critic for The New Yorker.

Warhol Whitney Archive “Though Johnson was not by any means our greatest architect, the serene beauty of the Glass House notwithstanding, he was in many ways the most important presence in American architecture for much of the second half of the twentieth century. It is no exaggeration to say that he, more than anyone else, shaped the architectural life of our time, as a curator, scholar, and public presence. His curious energetic, and mercurial mind possessed an almost unquenchable passion for architectural ideas, and when that was combined with his determination to have an impact on the broader culture, extraordinary things happened.”  – Paul Goldberger, excerpt from the introduction to The Glass House, 2011.

Philip Johnson and his partner David Whitney played a significant role in fostering the creative talent that continues to define architecture, art and design in America.

How is creative talent supported today? Are there great advocates? Who are they?

Join the discussion!  Alan Webber, Author and Co-Founding Editor of Fast Company Magazine, kicked-off the conversation with some great comments — read his response and add your thoughts at glasshouseconversations.org!

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