Philip Johnson Glass House, Connecticut

Glass House Exhibition, Cultural Center Connecticut, 20th Century American Home

Philip Johnson Glass House : Connecticut Cultural Center

20th Century American Property – design by US Architect Philip Johnson

Oct 13, 2016

Philip Johnson Glass House Events

New Architectural Events by The Glass House

Boissonnas House:
Boissonnas House by Philip Johnson in New Canaan
photo : Michael Biondo

Study Tour – Philip Johnson’s New Canaan
Saturday, October 22, 2016, 1:00-7:00pm
One day only, limited capacity, early reservations essential.

Visit five significant houses designed by Philip Johnson in New Canaan, CT on an exclusive one day study tour in celebration of the 110th anniversary of Philip Johnson’s birth and the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Glass House to the public. The tour will visit the Hodgson House (1951), Alice Ball House (1953), Wiley Speculative House (1954), and Boissonnas House (1956) culminating with an evening tour of the Glass House property + festive reception. Tickets include tours of each house, shuttle transportation, and refreshments throughout.


Instituto Ling, Porto Alegre, Brazil by Isay Weinfeld:
Instituto Ling by architect Isay Weinfeld
photo : Fernando Finotti

Glass House Presents – Isay Weinfeld + Paul Goldberger
Tuesday, November 22, 2016, 6:00-8:00pm

Isay Weinfeld – one of Brazil’s most renowned architects – will discuss his work and current projects, including the new Four Seasons restaurant in New York, with Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Paul Goldberger.


Josef Albers, Variant / Adobe, 1956
© 2016 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation / Artists Rights Society New York

Glass House Presents – Toshiko Mori + Nicholas Fox Weber
Thursday, October 27, 2016, 6:00-8:00pm

Join Toshiko Mori (principal, Toshiko Mori Architect) and Nicholas Fox Weber (executive director, Albers Foundation) for a conversation about the legacy and impact of Anni and Josef Albers, as well as Mori’s engagement with New Canaan modernism.

The Glass House, 199 Elm Street, New Canaan, CT 06840, USA

Philip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut, USA

11 Apr 2013

Philip Johnson Glass House Exhibition

New Exhibitions at The Glass House


E.V. Day’s SNAP! and Tauba Auerbach’s Gnomon/Wave for Night (1947 – 2015)

E.V. Day, SNAP!
May 2 – Nov 30, 2013

Tauba Auerbach, Gnomon/Wave for Night (1947 – 2015)
May 2 – Sep 1, 2013

The Glass House
Open Thursday – Monday, 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $30, including tour of the site.

NEW CANAAN, Conn. (April 11, 2013) – The Glass House, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is pleased to announce the opening of E.V. Day’s SNAP!, an exhibition for the building known as Da Monsta, as well as the debut of a new sculpture by Tauba Auerbach, Gnomon/Wave, for the ongoing exhibition Night (1947 2015), a project that brings a single contemporary sculpture inside the Glass House itself.

SNAP! is a site-specific exhibition by New York-based artist E.V. Day. Conceived for the building known as Da Monsta (1995), the last building completed by Philip Johnson on the Glass House campus, SNAP! comprises four recent sculptures as well as site-specific installations for the building’s interior and exterior. E.V. Day is the first artist the Glass House has invited to reinterpret the building, originally intended as a visitor center and now used as a project space for contemporary art.

Upon arrival at the Glass House, visitors will immediately encounter Day’s reinterpretation of Da Monsta. Responding to Philip Johnson’s statement that “the building is alive,” Day boldly casts a series of massive red nets across its undulating volume, capturing and staking Da Monsta to the ground. The interaction between artwork and building continues inside. After entering Da Monsta, visitors first see individual sculptures by Day, including Spinneret (a study for Spidey Striptease), 2008; Wet Net, 2009; Pollinator, 2011; and Bandage Dress (white with chain), 2012. Once viewers enter the second gallery, they encounter a dramatic, site-specific installation that explores the expressive contours of Da Monsta with a deconstructed Herve Leger Bandage dress deployed as an architectural element.

The Glass House is also pleased to debut New York-based artist Tauba Auerbach’s Gnomon/ Wave, a sculpture made for Night (1947 – 2015), a “sculpture-in-residence” series presented on the Mies van der Rohe glass coffee table inside the Glass House. Auerbach’s first sand sculpture, Gnomon/Wave evokes a solid wave of light composed of tiny particles. The physical form of the work resembles that of a gnomon, the vertical shadow casting part of a sundial. Throughout the day, Gnomon/Wave will cast a moving shadow along and through the glass table where it rests. It will be on view until early September 2013.

Night (1947 – 2015) presents a series of contemporary sculptures that contend with the legacy of Night, a 1947 sculpture by Alberto Giacometti that disappeared from the Glass House in the mid-1960s, as well as the architecture of the Glass House itself. Guest curator Jordan Stein organized this unfolding sculpture exhibition, held in the same spot where Giacometti’s Night once stood, over the course of three years. On display for three to six months at a time, the individual works presented in Night (1947 – 2015) each “disappear” after their run, making room for new works and new absences.

10 + 7 Sep 2012

Philip Johnson Glass House Exhibition 2012

New Exhibition Program Launches at The Glass House

The Glass House Launches New Exhibition Program with Two Inaugural Exhibitions, Rededicating the Site as an Experimental Cultural Center Honoring the Legacy of Philip Johnson and David Whitney

Exhibition 1: Frank Stella’s Scarlatti Kirkpatrick
This exhibition features the artist’s latest series, featuring all new works and activating the Da Monsta gallery as an exhibition space.

Exhibition 2: Night (1947 to 2015), A Sculpture-in-Residence Program
Doola, a never-before-seen work by artist Ken Price, opens a rotating contemporary sculpture exhibition series that initiates a dialogue with Philip Johnson’s lost Giacometti sculpture.

– Frank Stella: Scarlatti Kirkpatrick (2006 to present)
On view September 22-November 30, 2012

– Night (1947 -2015), A Sculpture-in-Residence Program
Featuring first sculpture in residence: Ken Price, Doola (2011)
On view September 22-November 30, 2012

The Glass House
Open Thursday-Monday, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $30, including tour of the site.

The Glass House Exhibitions

New Canaan, Conn, (Sept. 7, 2012) – Two inaugural shows launch the Glass House exhibition program in the fall of 2012: Frank Stella: Scarlatti Kirkpatrick and Night (1947-2015). The exhibitions program are part of a strategic initiative introduced by the new director of the Glass House, Henry Urbach, who is leading efforts to rededicate the site as a lively, creative cultural center consistent with the spirit and values of its former occupants, renowned architect Philip Johnson and independent curator David Whitney.

Title: K.80
inventory #: FS 2006.037
date: 2006
stainless steel tubing, Nylon RPT, spray paint
22 x 17 x 20 in, 55.9 x 43.2 x 50.8 cm
Art: Frank Stella, K.80, 2006 © 2012 Frank Stella / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York:
K.80 Frank Stella
photo : Andrew Romer, 2012

“Historic preservation is not just the physical conservation of buildings and collections, but also the preservation of intangible qualities or the spirit of a place. My hope is to reanimate the Glass House as a curatorial laboratory to complement Johnson’s and Whitney’s work.

Exhibitions and other programs will allow the public to experience the site in new ways so that the Glass House continues to exist as a site of cultural production, a place of innovation and discovery,” Urbach says.

“Prior to Philip and David’s deaths in 2005, the Glass House served, for nearly 50 years, as a gathering point without equal; as a laboratory for experimenting with the collection and display of art, architecture, landscape, and people; as a seat of power, and a decisive stage for culture that played no small part in determining what mattered to the late 20th century. To become director of the Glass House, then, is to engage the legacy of this extraordinary site and to bring it forward into a future that is multifaceted and alive,” Urbach adds.

Frank Stella: Scarlatti Kirkpatrick

Scarlatti Kirkpatrick (2006-present) is a series of recent works by the renowned American abstract artist Frank Stella. The series represents Stella’s current and latest body of work.

Title: K.171b
inventory #: FS 2011.015
date: 2011
stainless steel, protogen and lacquer paint
98 x 51 x 26in, 248.9 x 129.5 x 66 cm
Art: Frank Stella, K.171.b, 2011 © 2012 Frank Stella / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York:
K.171b Frank Stella
photo : Andrew Romer, 2012

The series title refers both to the Italian composer Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757), known for his many harpsichord sonatas, and to the Yale musicologist and harpsichordist Ralph Kirkpatrick (1911-84), who popularized Scarlatti’s work and produced the definiteive catalogue of the sonatas in 1953. Stella’s constructions, like the sonatas, are each assigned “K” numbers (for example, K.179) but their relationship to Scarlatti’s music is one of visual rhythm and abstraction more than literal correspondence. “If you follow an edge of a given work visually,” says Stella, “and follow it through quickly, you find the sense of rhythm and movement that you get in music.”

The series’ spiraling, polychrome works form a bold new chapter in Stella’s decades-long career exploring artistic reinvention and technical innovation, and are unlike any work he has created before.

Philip Johnson was an early admirer of Stella, and he avidly collected the artist’s work throughout his life. When Johnson donated the Glass House property to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, he specifically outlined his wish to feature Stella’s artwork at the Glass House. Visitors to the Scarlatti Kirkpatrick exhibit will find a rich context in which they can see the trajectory of the artist’s career, as earlier Stella works from Johnson’s personal collection now hang in the Glass House’s Painting Gallery.

Frank Stella: Scarlatti Kirkpatrick (2006-present) will be presented in the building known as Da Monsta on the Glass House property. Da Monsta features a theater as well as a gallery space, where the exhibition will be viewed. Johnson intended for the building to serve as an on-site visitor center where guests would gather to view small exhibitions and film before touring the grounds. Initially designed by Stella and completed by Johnson in 1995, Da Monsta was the last structure built on the New Canaan site. The building concluded what Johnson called his “50-year diary,” documenting the history of 20th-century architectural currents across the 49-acre campus.

Night (1947- 2015)

Night, (1947) by sculptor Alberto Giacometti, was one of a handful of artworks that Philip Johnson displayed in the Glass House while he lived there. The plaster sculpture was granted a place of honor atop the central glass coffee table that Mies van der Rohe designed for Johnson. In the 1960s, Night began to shed its outer layer and was eventually sent to the artist’s studio for repair. Giacometti died before the work was conserved, and the sculpture was never returned. Neither repaired nor replaced, Night’s absence from the Glass House still lingers like a ghost of Modernism past.

In homage, the Glass House presents Night (1947-2015), an innovative sculpture-in-residence exhibition guest curated by Jordan Stein. The ongoing exhibition will feature contemporary artists whose works contend with the legacy of Night. On display for three to six months at a time over the next three years, the sculptures in Night (1947-2015) will be regularly rotated making room for new work and ongoing dialogue.

Night (1947-2015) will focus on mid-career and established sculptors who work with themes raised by Giacometti’s vanished artwork – themes such as unreliability, looping, curving, reflectivity, and doubt, all of which provide a counterpoint to Johnson’s transparent temple. Artists will be announced each year until the completion of the exhibition in 2015.

Art: Ken Price, Doola (2012), © 2012 Estate of Ken Price:
Ken Price Doola
photo : Matthew Marks Gallery, New York

The first artwork is Doola (2011), a sculpture by the recently deceased artist Ken Price (1935-2012), who was known for transforming traditional ceramics into extraordinary, polychromatic forms. Doola will debut for the first time at the Glass House. Johnson’s partner, David Whitney, was an avid collector and patron of Ken Price; Whitney mounted Price’s first solo New York exhibition at his gallery in 1971. In 1992, he organized a retrospective of Price’s work at the Menil Collection in Houston.

Jordan Stein is the founder of Glass, house, a project-based curatorial initiative that explores notions of transparency and reflectivity in contemporary art practice and presentation; co-founder/director of Will Brown, an exhibition and program space in San Francisco’s Mission District; and an Arts Project Developer at the Exploratorium, a museum of science, art, and human perception in San Francisco. In 2010, Stein participated in the Curatorial Intensive training program organized by the Independent Curators International, New York. Stein holds an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and a BA from the University of Michigan. He currently lives and works in San Francisco.

The Glass House

The Glass House, a National Trust Historic Site, offers its 49-acre campus as a catalyst for the preservation and interpretation of modern architecture, landscape, and art, and as a canvas for inspiration and experimentation honoring the legacy of Philip Johnson (1906-2005) and David Whitney (1939-2005).

Glass House New Canaan, Connecticut, USA

Philip Johnson and David Whitney with fresh flowers at The Glass House, 2003, New Canaan, Connecticut, USA:
Philip Johnson Glass House
photograph : Todd Eberle

The Glass House was completed in 1949. Inspired by Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House (Plano, IL, 1951), its exterior walls are made of glass, a radical departure from houses of the time. The Glass House was the start of Johnson’s 50-year odyssey of architectural experimentation in forms, materials, and ideas, through the addition of other structures-the Brick House/Guest House, Pond Pavilion, Painting Gallery, Sculpture Gallery, Ghost House, Library/Study, and Da Monsta — and the methodical sculpting of the surrounding landscape.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a nonprofit membership organization bringing people together to protect, enhance and enjoy the places that matter to them. By saving the places where great moments from history-and the important moments of everyday life-took place, the National Trust for Historic Preservation helps revitalize neighborhoods and communities, spark economic development, and promote environmental sustainability. With headquarters in Washington, DC, nine regional and field offices, 29 historic sites, and partner organizations in all 50 states, the National Trust for Historic Preservation provides leadership, education, advocacy, and resources to a national network of people, organizations, and local communities committed to saving places, connecting us to our history, and collectively shaping the future of America’s stories.

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Philip Johnson Glass House information from National Trust for Historic Preservation / Philip Johnson Glass House

Johnson House, New Canaan
Date built: 1949
Architect: Philip Johnson

Philip Johnson Glass House architect : Philip Johnson

Location: 199 Elm Street, New Canaan, CT 06840, USA

American Architecture

Connecticut Architecture

Another celebrated Modern American House on e-architect:

Farnsworth House, Plano, Illinois, USA
Architect: Mies van der Rohe
Farnsworth House
picture © gm+ad architects
Farnsworth House

American Houses
Holley House
photo : Michael Moran

Modern Houses
Frank Lloyd Wright House in Buffalo
photo : Biff Henrich / courtesy MHRC

Connecticut Building – Key Recent Architecture

Morse and Ezra Stiles Colleges, Yale, New Haven
1962 (Eero Saarinen)
Renovation + new-build in 2011: KieranTimberlake
Morse and Ezra Stiles Colleges Building
image from FD
Morse and Ezra Stiles Colleges
This project won the Gold Medal from the AIA Philadelphia Chapter and was shortlisted in the New/Old Category at the 2011 World Architecture Festival

Architecture Exhibitions – Selection

Richard Meier Exhibition
Guggenheim Frank Lloyd Wright Exhibition
New Practice New York Exhibition
Museums in the 21st Century
Sir John Soanes Museum

Connecticut Architecture – Selection

Yale Arts Complex – Paul Rudolph Hall renovation
Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects
Paul Rudolph Hall
photo : Peter Aaron
Paul Rudolph Hall

Yale University Art Gallery
Louis Kahn / Polshek Partnership Architects, LLP

Exhibitions – chronological list

School of Architecture in Connecticut
Yale School of Architecture Events

Another Modern American home on e-architect:

Miller House, Columbus, Indiana
Eero Saarinen
Miller House
photo Courtesy of the Indianapolis Museum of Art
Miller House

Neighbouring States to Connecticut

Massachusetts Architecture

New York State Architecture Designs

Modern American Residence : Zimmerman House, Manchester, New Hampshire, north east USA

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