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Modern Love: Gifts for your Valentine from the Glass House Design Store

Alvar Aalto vase

Alvar Aalto vases in saturated hues for effortless flower arranging
and sensuous soaps by Sarah Schwartz.

Visit us in New Canaan, CT or shop online:
designstore.theglasshouse.org

soaps by Sarah SchwartzAlvar Aalto vase

Photos by Andy Romer Photography

THE GLASS HOUSE DESIGN STORE
199 ELM STREET, NEW CANAAN, CT, USA
DESIGNSTORE.THEGLASSHOUSE.ORG

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Calling all budding young architects and art lovers! Join Club Glass House!

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Open to children ages 9 – 13 (grades 5 – 8), Club Glass House offers after-school tours of the Glass House on September 16, 23, 30 and October 7, 21, 28 from 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. Space is limited to 12 children per tour. Reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis through the Glass House website or by calling 203.594.9884. Tickets are $20 per child.

Tours begin at the Glass House Visitor Center (199 Elm Street, New Canaan). Children will be transported to the Glass House for an interactive tour of the site, its buildings and art collection. Parents will drop their children off at the Visitor Center by 4:00 p.m. and pick them up at 5:30 p.m.

Club Glass House participants receive a complimentary copy of the book From Salt Box to Glass House, provided by the New Canaan Preservation Alliance.

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Glass House Community Day October 9, 2013

Glass House ZimmermannThe Glass House will host its second Community Day on October 9, 2013 with free tour tickets for New Canaan residents.

Advance reservations are required and can be made through the Glass House website. Please use promotional code NC2013 for your complimentary tickets.

Community Day is sponsored by Bankwell.
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Pedro E. Guerrero Exhibit of Mid-Century Photography Comes to The Gores Pavilion for the Arts in New Canaan. Julius Shulman Excellence in Photography Award to be Presented at Opening.

Pedro E. Guerrero

Pedro E. Guerrero: Photographs of Modern Life, the first extensive exhibition of Guerrero’s midcentury modernist work to be shown in the East, is coming to the Landis Gores Pavilion, in New Canaan, Connecticut, a joint presentation of the Julius Shulman Institute at Woodbury University and the New Canaan Historical Society.  The exhibit, curated by Emily Bills and Anthony Fontenot, opens June 9.  At the opening reception, Bills, the Managing Director of the Shulman Institute will present the 2012 Julius Shulman Institute Excellence in Photography Award to Guerrero’s widow, Dixie Guerrero.  Other members of the Guerrero family will be in attendance for the presentation.

Established by architectural photographer Julius Shulman in 1995, the Shulman Institute provides programs that promote the understanding of architecture and design, especially as interpreted by the art of photography. The New Canaan Historical Society, which operates the newly restored Gores Pavilion for the Arts, will host the event and exhibit.  The exhibit will run through November 1, 2013.

As a young art student, Guerrero was hired by Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin West. He became Wright’s official photographer and a trusted friend.  Guerrero’s approach was to treat architecture as sculpture.  Milwaukee art critic James Auer has written “If there is such a thing as organic photography, then Guerrero practices it in these historically invaluable images.  The compositions grow naturally out of their circumstances.  They have a simple elegance that belies the skill that went into their making.”

Guerrero, a long-time New Canaan resident, spent much of his career photographing  Wright’s work, and later the art of Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson.  But this little-known aspect of his work, in which he documented many of the most iconic architects of the midcentury era, is the focus of this exhibit.  Guerrero photographed a wide range of New Canaan’s modern houses—including those designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, Philip Johnson, and Edward Durrell Stone.  His photographs of Marcel Breuer’s influential first house in New Canaan are among his best-known works.  One iconic shot captures the enormous cantilevered deck; another (from the same shoot) shows the Breuers sitting at their outdoor table in that space.  Prints of Wright’s Taliesin West, Eero Saarinen’s Ingalls Rink at Yale, Joseph Salerno’s United Church of Rowayton, and John Black Lee’s Day House are some of the works to be exhibited at the Gores Pavilion.  Guerrero also photographed the Gores Pavilion when it was the Irwin Pool House, so his vintage photos of the exhibit building itself will be on display.

The photographs, which are on loan from Edward Cella Art + Architecture, were first shown in the original exhibit Pedro E. Guerrero: Photographs of Modern Life at the Julius Shulman Institute at the School of Architecture, Woodbury University.  At the Gores Pavilion, the installation is overseen by Dianne Pierce, a design and decorative arts historian who teaches at Parsons and SUNY New Paltz.

Accompanying the Guerrero exhibit in second gallery will be an exhibit showing the works and history of the modern movement in New Canaan.  This exhibit, originally curated by Alan Goldberg, features the Harvard Five and the architects who followed them to New Canaan.

The Gores Pavilion was recently restored by The New Canaan Historical Society, which also operates it. The restoration won preservation honors this year from The Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation.

The Guerrero exhibition will run from June 9 to November 1, 2013.  Hours for the exhibit are Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and by appointment.  Suggested donation fee:  $5 per person.  The Gores Pavilion is in Irwin Park on Weed Street in New Canaan, Connecticut.  For more information, please contact The New Canaan Historical Society at 203 966 1776 or see their website, nchistory.org.

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Vacation Mad Men-style at The Glass House + 17 Other Great Connecticut Destinations!

Philip Johnson in front of the Glass House in 1949. Photo: Arnold Newman/Getty Images.
Philip Johnson in front of the Glass House, 1949. Photo: Arnold Newman/Getty Images.

Season six of Mad Men kicked off last evening, and thanks to the efforts of the Connecticut Office of Tourism, the Glass House, and a host of other great Connecticut destinations, you don’t have to be Don Draper to enjoy a Mad Men inspired getaway in the suburbs–just plan your visit to some (or all) of these great destinations!

Keep reading for more on modern architecture tours in New Canaan and New Haven, art exhibitions, mid-century modern accommodations, and Mad Men-inspired dining and celebrations, including a reception May 5th, from 3 – 6 pm at the Gores Pavilion for The Arts. Also not to be missed, “The Lucky Strike” cocktail at Elm Restaurant by chef Brian Lewis, featuring Cherry wood smoked bourbon and tobacco salt, and The Study at Yale, which Travel + Leisure describes in their story, Connecticut Lures ‘Mad Men’ Fans with 1960′s Style Vacations, as “an elegant boutique hotel that oozes 60’s cool…”
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A Conversation with Eliot Noyes’s Son, Architect Fred Noyes

Film: The Fragility of Glass, The Solidity of Stone: Eliot Noyes in New Canaan

by Gwen North Reiss

Eliot Noyes, photograph by Molly Noyes, all rights reserved

Eliot Noyes, photograph by Molly Noyes, all rights reserved

The second house that Eliot Noyes designed for his family in New Canaan is known for many things:  the Calder sculpture in the courtyard (and the mobiles inside), the inspired use of glass and fieldstone, and the separation of public and private spaces (you have to go outside through covered walkways around the center court to get to the bedrooms and bathroom) to name a few.  The house, which is still in the Noyes family, was the setting this past spring for a conversation with Eliot Noyes’s son, Boston-based architect Fred Noyes.  Our interview was filmed and photographed by students as part of the Glass House Oral History Project.

Noyes House 1955, back view. Photograph by Gwen North Reiss.

Noyes House 1955, back view. Photograph by Gwen North Reiss.

Eliot Noyes was a designer’s designer.  He made a quiet and profound mark on the disciplines of architecture and industrial design.  Are you a baby boomer whose first word processor was the IBM Selectric typewriter?  He designed it.  The modern Mobil logo and its streamlined stations with their circular umbrella-shaped canopies were projects that came from his office.  While a curator of Industrial Design in the 1940s at MoMA, he championed the work of Charles & Ray Eames.  He brought Paul Rand to IBM.  As both Fred Noyes and Gordon Bruce, Noyes’s biographer, both emphasize, his vision of American companies that integrate design, corporate identity, and product lines created a template for the way we do business today.

Noyes House, interior view from living area toward courtyard and front door.  Photograph by Jeanne McDonagh.

Noyes House, interior view from living area toward courtyard and front door. Photograph by Jeanne McDonagh.

We discussed Noyes’s life, his houses, and his principles of design.  A short clip features Meridee Noyes Brust, one of Noyes’s two daughters on moving into the second Noyes house.  The theme that emerged in our talk was the way that art, architecture, and life were in Fred’s words “all of a piece.”  While Alexander Calder worked on the sculpture for the Noyes courtyard, the whole family was in on the discussion of scale.  And Eliot suggested steel plates that would help support the weight of the sculpture—an innovation that changed the way Calder designed some of his larger outdoor pieces.  Fred also gave us a glimpse of a childhood visit to Calder’s studio—and how his wild enthusiasm (as he caught the moment of a small creation) gained him a prize.  His telling gives us an astonishing view of the artist at work.

Our interview is in two parts:  “The Fragility of Glass, The Solidity of Stone: Eliot Noyes in New Canaan,” and “A Bird, A Beast, and Two Mobiles: Alexander Calder and the Noyes Family.”  The second film includes a short bio of Noyes before the interview begins.

Film: A Bird, A Beast, and Two Mobiles: Alexander Calder and the Noyes Family

Alexander Calder and crew assembling the stabile (the Black Beast) in the courtyard. Eliot Noyes’s suggestion of using gusset plates to reinforce the sculpture was an idea that allowed the artist to create larger outdoor pieces. Photograph courtesy of the Noyes family, all rights reserved.

Alexander Calder and crew assembling the stabile (the Black Beast) in the courtyard. Eliot Noyes’s suggestion of using gusset plates to reinforce the sculpture was an idea that allowed the artist to create larger outdoor pieces. Photograph courtesy of the Noyes family, all rights reserved.

Noyes kids on stabile. Photograph courtesy of the Noyes family, all rights reserved.

Noyes kids on stabile. Photograph courtesy of the Noyes family, all rights reserved.

The Black Beast stabile in snow.  Photograph courtesy of the Noyes family, all rights reserved.

The Black Beast stabile in snow. Photograph courtesy of the Noyes family, all rights reserved.

Bird by Calder, given to Fred Noyes by the artist. Photograph: Fred Noyes, all rights reserved.

Bird by Calder, given to Fred Noyes by the artist. Photograph: Fred Noyes, all rights reserved.

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* The Philip Johnson Glass House is pleased to announce that tickets are now available for the 2013 tour season. A variety of tours are available so visitors can enjoy all aspects of the Glass House, an icon of American modernism, as well as art galleries and other buildings set a 49-acre country landscape. www.philipjohnsonglasshouse.org

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Dine with Design: Saturday June 9, 2012

Dine with Design


Dine with Design

Saturday | June 9, 2012
A Modern Picnic | 12 – 3 pm
Food Film FestivalTM under the Stars | 6:30 pm
at the Glass House, New Canaan, CT

On Saturday, June 9, the Glass House will invite the public to the Dine with Design modern picnic, where they will enjoy a unique culinary experience, meet renowned chefs and artisans, and explore the buildings, grounds and art collections located on the 47-acre site.

This year, the Glass House builds upon the inaugural success of Dine with Design by adding a new component.  On the evening of Saturday, June 9, The Food Film FestivalTM comes to the Glass House.  Guests will enjoy the unique experience of sampling what is featured on the screen.

For more information, visit our website:
http://philipjohnsonglasshouse.org/support/DinewithDesign/
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Tickets On Sale Now for the 2012 Glass House Tour Season!

Reserve Tickets Now

Tickets on sale for season six: Wednesday, May 2 through Friday, November 30, 2012

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 47-acre curated country landscape.

“…an essential pilgrimage* for any serious-minded fan of twentieth-century architecture.” -Departures Magazine

We look forward to seeing you in New Canaan!

Tickets by phone, call 866.811.4111.

*New Canaan, CT is just over an hour by train or car from New York City!

Visitors from 48 states and 38 countries can’t be wrong!

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

Photo © Stacy Bass

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Glass House Private Tour + Four Seasons Dinner Package

Four Seasons Restaurant, designed by Philip Johnson

This exceptional experience pairs two modern icons: the Philip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan, CT and the  Four Seasons Restaurant in New York.  Guests pair a private tour which includes a behind-the-scenes look at the  Glass House, Painting and Sculpture Galleries, the Library/Study and Da Monsta with a celebratory three-course dinner, including champagne and special wines, selected by owners Alex von Bidder and Julian Niccolini, at the Four Seasons Restaurant, designed by Philip Johnson.

Available year-round; tour and dinner may be scheduled on the same or separate days.   Learn more or contact glasshouse@nthp.org or 203.594.9884 x33332 for reservations.

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July 17: 45th Annual New Canaan Sidewalk Sale

The Glass House invites you to visit New Canaan this Sat and shop the annual town Sidewalk Sale (map here).

Glass House Moleskine Sketchbook

Stop by our booth (located at the corner of Elm and Main Streets) between the hours of 9am and 2pm to purchase tour tickets and grab some Glass House merchandise including our signature logo items (water bottles, tote bags, paperweights), postcards and Moleskines.

When purchasing tickets, shoppers can choose from the following tour options (site closed Tuesdays):

Standard 90-minute tour: $30 per person (photography not permitted)

Extended 2-hour tour: $45 p.p.(photography permitted)

Modern Friends behind-the-scenes tour: $100 p.p. (includes access to Philip Johnson’s Library/Study)

Glass House tote (black, also avail. in red, green)

Twilight tour: $150 p.p. (views of the site in the evening with seasonal lighting effects)

Private tour: $250 p.p. [Call Christopher Roth 203.594.9884 x 7]

Private tour + Four Seasons dinner package: $400 p.p. [Call Christopher Roth 203.594.9884 x 7]

Group tours can be booked by contacting Kate Lichota, kate_lichota@nthp.org

Tour tickets can also be purchased online or by phone (866-811-4111).

Hope to see you there!

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