If you live in Fairfield County and you haven’t visited Philip Johnson’s Glass House, then you can’t really call yourself a civilized person. Not that I’ve gotten around to it yet, either — isn’t there a waiting list or something? — but the rest of you really need to get there.
Now the Glass House bunch is co-sponsoring a book launch with a reception in New York that you need to either attend or turn in your “I’m Civilized” card.
The Philip Johnson Glass House and publisher Assouline are inviting the public to join Modern Views Project participants at a reception and book launch for the publication of Modern Views, inspired by the Mies van der Rohe Farnsworth House and the Philip Johnson Glass House.
The Modern Views Project is raising money to restore a less-celebrated building that sits in the shadows of the Glass House. I mean literally, in the shadows, on the same New Canaan estate and just yards away from the more famous structure. It’s the Brick House, an unassuming structure that’s 65 years old and in awful condition. The Brick House is as enclosed as the Glass House is open and was a retreat for Johnson, his partner, and their guests such as Andy Warhol. Amazingly, the Brick House is scheduled to re-open in 2012, an amazing gift to lovers of architecture and history.
But gifts aren’t free. Modern Views rallied nearly 100 architects, artists and designers to donate work inspired by the Glass House or Farnsworth House, by Mies van der Rohe in Plano, Illinois. These pieces were auctioned at Sotheby’s and will be published in the book.
The event is hosted by David Zwirner where the exhibition Al Taylor: Rim Jobs and Sideffects will be on view. David Zwirner is at 519 W. 19th Street and the reception is 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20. RSVP Christa Carr at email@example.com.
To see the Glass House itself, don’t dawdle. Tours run seasonally and will cease this is at the end of November. A 90-minute guided tour is $30 and photography is not permitted. It may be worth it to pay $45 for the two-house tour. It includes access to the interiors of the Glass House, Painting Gallery, Sculpture Gallery and da Monsta. This tour allows photography and more time in each location.
If you want to be my new best friend, buy me a $150 ticket to the Twilight Tour. This includes access to the interiors of the Glass House, Painting Gallery, Sculpture Gallery, da Monsta, and Library Study, behind-the-scenes access to the buildings and collections and views of the site in the evening with seasonal lighting effects. Photography is allowed. $100 of this ticket purchase is tax-deductible. Click here for more information.