Monday, November 2, 2015

November Events at the Glass House

The Glass House in New Cannan Connecticut, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation was built between 1949 and 1995 by architect Philip Johnson and is now open to the public for tours through November 30.  The estate is comprised of 49 pastoral acres and features fourteen buildings including the famous "glass house".  In addition to the structures located on the property there is a collection of 20th century art and sculpture in addition to changing exhibits.

This November, the Glass House is hosting three special events. The first event, SO-IL + Kays Varnelis takes place on Thursday, November 5 from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Florian Idenburg and Jing Liu of SO - IL will discuss their work with historian and theorist Kazys Varnelis. Founded in 2008, SO - IL focuses on the development of new ideas and their viability in the world. The firm has been one of the most recognized emerging architectural practices in recent years.

The next event takes place on Saturday, November 21 from 12 noon to 4:30 p.m. and is a study tour of the Glass House and the newly opened Grace Farms. On this fascinating tour participants will visit two significant achievements in architecture on a one-day study tour of Philip Johnson's Glass House and the newly opened River, a building designed by SANAA, on the grounds of Grace Farms in New Canaan, CT. Shuttle transportation between sites and afternoon snack provided.

Through the month of November, the new exhibition called Lipstick by Enoc Perez will also be on view. This exhibition will present a new body of work by the artist that refers to the Lipstick Building (1986), an elliptical office tower in Manhattan designed by Philip Johnson and John Burgee. In each work, Perez uses his characteristic style to explore the formal qualities of the Lipstick Building in a variety of palettes.

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