The Glass House Blog

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.

Please don’t stop at the Lobby, though. You can see more of Johnson’s elegant design work while sipping a Johnson-style classic martini at the upstairs bar. Or better yet, purchase our wonderful deal pairing a tour of the Glass House with a meal at the Four Seasons.  You can enjoy a feast this holiday season, and claim your tour in 2012.

The Glass House recently celebrated another special event at the Four Seasons: the publication of a seminal study of The Library of Philip Johnson. Written by Birch Cooper and Jordan Hruska, this limited edition book examines 100 titles in Johnson’s Library/Study here at the Glass House.   An important addition to design literature, it also has a very personal introduction by Robert A. M. Stern, one of Johnson’s famous “kids.”  Learn more and order your copy today.

I am excited to announce that the Glass House will hold an Art Salon Talk on December 1 at Art Basel Miami. Artist and art historian Liam Gillick and photographer Todd Eberle will speak with art critic Amei Wallach about inspiration and cultivation as related to the fine art + design collection at the Philip Johnson Glass House.

If you are in Miami please come.  Hunter Palmer, Director of Visitor Experience + Programs, Christa Carr, Glass House guide and marketing associate, and I will be there!

Now, I must tell you that the annual fund is in the mail and in the ether.  But you don’t need to receive an eblast from me to know that the Glass House has accomplished a lot this year, and that there is so much more we wish to do.  There are our fabulous programs, our research, our website (which we’d love to redesign for easier navigation), and the magnificent property, which needs a lot of tender loving care.  Please read more and consider a generous annual gift to the Glass House today.  You’ll be glad you did, and we will be so glad, too.

Rena Zurofsky

Interim Director, Philip Johnson Glass House

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