The Glass House located in New Canaan Connecticut is celebrating its tenth year of offering tours of this magnificent property that was once the home of Philip Johnson and is now a National Trust Historic Site. The pastoral 49-acre landscape comprises fourteen structures, including the Glass House (1949), and features a permanent collection of 20th-century painting and sculpture, along with temporary exhibitions. Tours of the site are available in May through November and advance reservations are recommended.
On May 1 through November 30 the Glass House will present Yayoi Kusama: Narcissus Garden. On view will be a new iteration of Yayoi Kusama’s Narcissus Garden (1966/2016). Comprising 1,400 mirrored globes, each approximately 11 inches in diameter, the Narcissus Garden will be installed within the pastoral 49-acre landscape of the Glass House campus.
Another exhibition that runs from May 1 – August 15 by Robert Rauschenberg: Spreads and Related Works is a group of paintings and works on paper chosen to compliment the painting Recital (Spread), 1980 which Philip Johnson purchased that same year and is now included in the permanent collection of the Glass House. This exhibition is organized by David White, Senior Curator of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation.
Two performances are planned for May. The first one takes place on May 13 and 14 and is a new project by Gerard & Kelly, that brings into dialogue two homes lived in by the architects who built them – the landmark Schindler House in West Hollywood, California, and Philip Johnson’s Glass House. The project explores themes of queer intimacy and domestic space within legacies of modernist architecture.
On May 22, there will be the first performance by Ivy Baldwin, a new piece commissioned by the Glass House, that brings a powerful yet often hidden emotion to life within the Glass House and its dramatic grounds. Keen (Part 1) embodies the emotional and physical experience of loss, memory and holding love, and filters it through the lens of serene Modernism and chaotic wilderness.
The 2016 Glass House tour season will begin on May 1 and ends on November 30. Tickets for the 2016 tour season are on sale now. Tickets are required for admission. Advance reservations are highly recommended as tours often sell out. Please check ticket availability prior to your visit. For tickets by phone, please call 866.811.4111.
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