Sunday, October 23, 2016

Conversations @ The Glass House in New Canaan

Glass House located on 199 Elm Street in New Canaan is presenting an ongoing series of public programs — including conversations, performances, and gatherings — that sustain the site’s historic role as a meeting place for artists, architects, and other creative minds. On Thursday, October 27 from 6 pm to 8 pm, Toshiko Mori and Nicholas Fox Weber for a conversation about the legacy and impact of Anni and Josef Albers, as well as Mori’s engagement with New Canaan modernism.

Josef Albers, Variant / Adobe, 1956. Oil on masonite. 15 7/8 x 30 3/8 in. (40.3 x 77.2 cm) © 2016 The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation / Artists Rights Society, New York

Toshiko Mori is the Robert P. Hubbard Professor in the Practice of Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design and the principal of Toshiko Mori Architect, PLLC. Her firm’s recent work includes the Cambridge Headquarters for the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research; Master Plans for the Brooklyn Public Library and Buffalo Botanical Gardens; Thread, a Cultural Center and Artists’Residences, in rural Senegal; and new canopies for the #7 Subway line for the Hudson Park and Boulevard in New York City.
Nicholas Fox Weber is a cultural historian and Executive Director of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation. He has written extensively about both Josef and Anni Albers and curated many major exhibitions and retrospectives dedicated to their work. He is a graduate of Columbia College and Yale University and author of fourteen books including Patron SaintsThe Art of BabarThe Drawings of Josef AlbersThe Clarks of CooperstownBalthusLe Corbusier: A Life, and The Bauhaus Group.
Tickets are $50 per person and are available online at
Instituto Ling. Photo by Fernando Finotti.

On November 22 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Isay Weinfeld— one of Brazil’s most renowned architects — will discuss his work and current projects, at the Glass House  including the new Four Seasons restaurant in New York, with Pulitzer Prize-winning criticPaul Goldberger.
Isay Weinfeld is the head architect of a studio in São Paulo that bears his name. Amongst countless projects developed over a career that spans nearly 40 years, highlights include the hotels designed for Grupo Fasano in São Paulo, Punta del Este and Porto Feliz; the Livraria da Vila bookstores in São Paulo; the Square Nine Hotel in Belgrade; the feature film Fogo e Paixão; and a line of office furniture designed for Geiger/Herman Miller. He is the recipient of many awards, including the Prêmio Rino Levi awarded by Instituto de Arquitetos do Brasil/SP (for Casa Inglaterra, in 2000), Prêmio da VI Bienal Internacional de Arquitetura de São Paulo (for Praça da Amauri, in 2005) and MIPIM AR Future Project Awards, organized by British magazine Architectural Review (for Edifício 360º, in 2009, and for Edifício Oka, in 2012).
Paul Goldberger, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, spent fifteen years as the architecture critic forThe New Yorker and began his career at the New York Times, where he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished criticism for his writing on architecture. Goldberger is the author of many books, most recently Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank GehryWhy Architecture Matters,Building Up and Tearing Down: Reflections on the Age of Architecture, and Up From Zero. He is also the chairman of the Advisory Council of the Glass House and the Joseph Urban Professor of Design and Architecture at the New School.
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