The Glass House Blog

Spring 2014 Programs at the Glass House


Photo by Sandra Hamburg

Daniel Mendelsohn reading at The Glass House


Glass House Presents

Glass House Presents is an ongoing series of public programs – including conversations, performances, and gatherings – that sustains the site’s historic role as a meeting place for artists, architects, and other creative minds. Before each event, visitors will enjoy the opportunity to explore the Glass House campus and view current exhibitions, including Fujiko Nakaya: Veil. The program concludes with light refreshments. Public programs take place from 3:00 to 5:30 p.m. on Sundays, and 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursdays.

May 18, 2014 – Maya Lin + Edwina von Gal

June 8, 2014 – David Adjaye + Thelma Golden


Glass House Presents is generously supported by an anonymous donor.

by Tom Hall

Lucky Dragons

Night Sounds #4
Featuring lucky dragons
A musical performance + reception
at the Glass House
May 4, 2014, 3:00 – 5:30 p.m.

lucky dragons is an ongoing collaboration between Los Angeles-based artists Sarah Rara and Luke Fischbeck. Active since 2000, lucky dragons is known for an open and participatory approach to making music, radically inclusive live shows, and playful, humanistic use of digital tools. Photo by Tom Hall.


Night Sounds #4 is generously supported by a grant from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.


courtesy Fujiko Nakaya and The Glass House

Rendering photo of Fujika Nakaya: Veil

Into the Fog with Fujiko Nakaya
Panel discussion at the Japan Society, New York
May 13, 2014, 6:30 p.m.

Renowned artist Fujiko Nakaya, known for her pioneering use of fog as a sculptural medium, is joined by Henry Urbach, Director of the Glass House, to discuss the artist’s current project, Fujiko Nakaya: Veil, on view at the Glass House through November 30.


Fujiko Nakaya: Veil is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, The Japan Foundation, and Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®. Additional support is provided by Mee Industries, Inc.

The Glass House

The Glass House

Self-Guided Tours

Self-guided tours of the Glass House offer visitors a unique opportunity to experience the Glass House campus at their own pace. In addition to the permanent art collection and temporary exhibitions, visitors enjoy access to seven structures designed by Philip Johnson, including: the Glass House, the Painting Gallery, the Sculpture Gallery, Da Monsta, and the Library, as well as the lower landscape’s Pond Pavilion and Lincoln Kirstein Tower. Photo by Carol Highsmith.



photo by Sandra Hamburg

The Glass House Summer Party

Glass House Summer Party, June 14, 2014

The Glass House Summer Party will take place on Saturday, June 14 from 12 noon to 4 p.m. With support from Swarovski, the Summer Party will feature a festive picnic lunch, lawn games, music, and a silent auction along with opportunities to experience Fujiko Nakaya: Veil and the entire Glass House campus.



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Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures Highlights The Glass House

The Glass House. Photo by Eirik Johnson.

The Glass House. Photo by Eirik Johnson.

This week’s edition of the Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) program, Connecticut’s Cultural Treasures, features the Glass House. The program series profiles a variety of the state’s most notable cultural resources, with this upcoming broadcast focusing on the Glass House, “a monumental example of modern architecture.”

Premieres Thursday, July 25 at 8 p.m. on Connecticut Public Television (CPTV); encore broadcast on Sunday, July 28 at 10:30 p.m.

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Happy Birthday, Philip Johnson!

ArchDaily 7.8.2013

Image via ArchDaily

Philip Johnson (1906-2005) was born today, July 8, 1906, in Cleveland, Ohio. In celebration of the architect’s birthday, ArchDaily shares an overview of Johnson and his work: Happy 107th birthday Philip Johnson!

Learn more about Johnson and plan your visit to the Glass House at!

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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,

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Get Involved! The Glass House is Hiring a Visitor Center Associate

The Philip Johnson Glass House

Visitor Center Associate

Part-time, seasonal, April-Early December.

Assist in daily opening/closing. Process tickets & retail transactions. Provide excellent customer service in person & via phone. Greet and orient tour visitors. Retail experience valuable. Minimum 3-5 years experience in professional capacity. Ability to work in fast-paced environment with flexibility & poise. Outstanding verbal communications and computer skills required. Some weekends & holidays.

The Phillip Johnson Glass House is a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Applicants should respond with a cover letter and resume/CV to

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Weather Advisory

The Glass House has thankfully weathered Hurricane Sandy without serious damage. The site and surrounding area has numerous trees down, is without power, and is currently unsafe for travel. Tours of the Glass House are cancelled from Monday, October 29 through Thursday, November 8. We anticipate re-opening to visitors on Friday, November 9th. The Glass House Visitor Center is currently closed. We can be reached via email at during this time.

The Night Sounds program at the Glass House on Wednesday, November 7th, 2012 has been postponed to Wednesday, December 12th due to the impact of Hurricane Sandy and continued power outages in New Canaan.

The Conversations in Context program at the Glass House on Thursday, November 8th, 2012, hosted by Murray Moss + Francois de Menil, has been postponed and will kick off the Conversations in Context 2013 season on Thursday, May 2nd.

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Reception to Welcome Henry Urbach, New Director of The Glass House

On September 19, 2012, Agnes Gund hosted a reception to welcome Henry Urbach as the new director of The Glass House.

Aggie Gund, Henry Urbach and Frank Stella  Photo by Sandra Hamburg

Aggie Gund, Henry Urbach and Frank Stella
Photo by Sandra Hamburg

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Pedro E. Guerrero, In Memoriam

Pedro Guerrero visits The Glass House, 2010

Pedro Guerrero visits The Glass House, 2010

In the summer of 2010, Pedro Guerrero returned to New Canaan to tell his story about accompanying Frank Lloyd Wright to visit Philip Johnson and Alfred Barr at the Glass House. He spoke about his long career in photography, first as Wright’s official photographer, then as photographer for Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson.

Guerrero’s story about Wright and Johnson is on The Glass House blog and in The Oral History Project, as well as in Guerrero’s memoir. Read the rest of this entry »

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New Program Reintroduces Fresh Flowers to The Glass House, Generously Supported by Architectural Digest Magazine

Flowers at The Glass House

Flowers at The Glass House, 2003. Photo courtesy of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

For the first time since Philip Johnson lived in his iconic Glass House, fresh flowers will be on display there, bringing new life to the building’s interiors. The Glass House has launched a program, announced by Director Henry Urbach, to reintroduce fresh flower arrangements, which have not been seen in the house since Philip Johnson’s and his partner, David Whitney’s, passing in 2005. Local designer Dana Worlock will reinterpret Whitney’s original plant selection, adding and adapting to suit the specific environmental conditions and seasonal changes of the Glass House.

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Welcome party for Glass House Director, Henry Urbach

Robert A.M. Stern, Denise Wilson, Lisa Dennison, Henry Urbach

Robert A.M. Stern, Denise Wilson, Lisa Dennison, Henry Urbach

Welcome party for Glass House Director, Henry Urbach. May 23rd, 2012. Four Seasons Restaurant, New York. Generously supported by Swarovski. Hosted by Frank Stella, Nadja Swarovski, John Bennett, Lisa Dennison/Sotheby’s.

Photos By Sandra Hamburg

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