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Join the Discussion! Hannia Gómez Hosts a Glass House Conversation

Villa Planchart in 1963. Image from Archivo Gio Ponti Caracas.

Hannia Gómez - Plaza de los Museos, CaracasJoin us for this week’s online Glass House Conversation hosted by Hannia Gómez, President of Fundacion de la Memoria Urbana, founder and vice president of Docomomo Venezuela, and former curator of Gio Ponti’s Villa Planchart, a modern home in Caracas, Venezuela:

The recently restored Tugendhat House by Mies van der Rohe has just reopened to the public. In the words of Jean-Louis Cohen in The Wall Street Journal, the House’s restoration “has benefited from a new approach to preserving Modernist buildings”, and now “a new generation of experts takes an “archaeological” view, yielding superb results.” The Tugendhat House recovered “its grand atmosphere from the 1930s”.

Having worked for many years as curator of Gio Ponti’s Villa Planchart in Caracas (1957), I witnessed a totally different – much slower, less scientific, but very successful – preservation process. Similarly perfect results were achieved through years of intuition and passion for architecture.

How will the latest trend in preservation process and interest in Modernist buildings impact the threatened/saved Modern heritage of the world?

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Glass House Focus Tours: Architecture + History

Glass House Focus Tours: Architecture + History

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.

Architecture + History | Explore the history and theory, materials and technologies, influential architects, and preservation challenges of Modern architecture through the lens of the Glass House campus. Visit interiors of the Glass House (1949), Painting Gallery (1965), Sculpture Gallery (1970), da Monsta (1995), and access (through a field of tall grass) the Library/Study (1980), housing Johnson’s architectural library spanning Schinkel to Hadid and overlooking the Ghost House (1984).

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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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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Happy Birthday Ludwig Mies van der Rohe!

Illustration by architect Tadao Ando of the Farnsworth House (1945–51) designed by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. (Image from the Modern Views project, Courtesy of the architect.)

Illustration by architect Tadao Ando of the Farnsworth House (1945–51) designed by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. (Image: Farnsworth House, 2009, Ink on paper, 18 1/2” x 12 3/4” each, Courtesy of the architect.)

Today, 126 years ago, modern architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was born!

The historic exchange reflected in the Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Farnsworth House (1945–51) and the Philip Johnson Glass House (1949) is considered one of the twentieth century’s great cultural dialogues, and was explored in the recent Glass House commissioned film Points on a Line by artist Sarah Morris as part of the Modern Views project. (View the list of one hundred contemporary artists, architects, and designers who participated in Modern Views.)

Johnson was also an associate of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in the 1950s, and worked with the modern master on the design of the Seagram Building and its famed Four Seasons Restaurant. Interested in learning more? Enjoy an exclusive pairing of these two Modern Icons – tour the Glass House and enjoy a three-course dinner at the Four Seasons Restaurant! For more information visit http://philipjohnsonglasshouse.org/visit/#fourseasons

Photo courtesy of the Four Seasons

The interior of the Four Seasons Restaurant in New York designed by Philip Johnson, in the Seagram Building, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Photo courtesy of the Four Seasons.

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What design spectacles – eyewear or event – have had a significant impact on you?How will you celebrate Mies’s birthday?
The Philip Johnson Glass House invites you to join in
the Glass House Conversation on Design Spectacles -
share your thoughts on the design events (+ architect’s eyewear!) that have had a significant impact on you @ glasshouseconversations.org!

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Glass House Pop Up Shop on Fab.com!

Support The Glass House: Visit Fab.com to check out our
Glass House Design Store sale going on now through April!

Bracelets by Jessica Kagan Cushman with quotes by Philip Johnson.

Bracelets by Jessica Kagan Cushman with quotes by Philip Johnson, now available on Fab.com!

The sale includes great gifts and Glass House-commissioned products by Michael Graves, Jessica Kagan Cushman, Moleskine and more!

Sign-up to be a member of Fab.com (it’s free!) to view Glass House Design Store products available now on Fab.com!

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Landscape Architect Raymond Jungles Hosts New Glass House Conversation

1111 Lincoln Rd.

 Raymond Jungles, FASLA

Raymond Jungles, FASLA

Join us for this week’s online Glass House Conversation hosted by landscape architect Raymond Jungles. Jungles and his firm based in Miami design private residential gardens, civic gardens, boutique hotels, and botanical gardens, and have collaborated with leading architecture firms including Herzog & de Meuron, Frank Gehry & Partners and Foster + Partners. See more of Jungles’s work, including 1111 Lincoln Rd. pictured above, on his website raymondjungles.com.

Jungles asks:

Considering the landscape an integral part of an overall architectural solution, we identify regional context and a sense of place as the primary objectives. To us, unity, harmony and human experience are the driving force.

Which architects best prioritize the human experience in their work? How are people responding?

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Visit the Glass House: Extended Tour

The Glass House

2.5-hour guided tour | $100 per person

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The Extended Tour offers visitors more time, a smaller group and increased access to the Glass House’s 47-acre curated landscape, 14 architectural structures and world-class private art and design collection. In addition to the interiors of Philip Johnson’s Glass House (1949), Painting Gallery (1965) and Sculpture Gallery (1970), and Da Monsta (1995) visitors on the Extended Tour enjoy access to Johnson’s Library / Study (1985) housing his private architectural literature collection. Extended Tour visitors are entitled to a membership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and a 10% discount in the Glass House Store.

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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Visit the Glass House: Site Tour

The Philip Johnson Glass House

2-hour guided tour | $45 per person

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Experience the iconic Glass House site by walking through Johnson’s 47-acre curated landscape. View the 14 architectural structures and world-class art and design collection, and explore the interiors of Philip Johnson’s Glass House (1949), Painting Gallery (1965), and Sculpture Gallery (1970), and Da Monsta (1995) on a guided 3/4 mile walking tour.

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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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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