June 14, 2014 @ Glass House, New Canaan, Conn.
Artists, curators, collectors and designers gathered at the Glass House for the annual summer party, which raised funds to support the institution's programs and preservation projects.
Built between 1949 and 1995 by architect Philip Johnson, the Glass House is a National Trust Historic Site located in New Canaan, Conn. It sits on a 49-acre property with 13 other structures, and features a permanent collection of 20th-century painting and sculpture, along with special exhibitions.
"The summer party is a chance to welcome a large number of people to the site, many of whom are part of the Glass House family and others who are here for the first time," director Henry Urbach told A.i.A. as visitors arrived. "We want to share the magic of this place, but at the same time it provides a substantial amount of the revenue that we need to pursue our preservation projects, ongoing maintenance and educational and programming initiatives."
Attendees included Robert Rauschenberg Foundation curator David White, interior designer Amy Lau, Bill Cunningham New York film director Richard Press, Vogue Italia project editor Grazia d'Annunzio, industrial design experts Murray Moss and Franklin Getchell, and artists Adam Fuss, Matthew Weinstein and Eli Sudbrack of Assume Vivid Astro Focus.
The late sculptor Al Taylor has an intriguing show of assemblages made from found objects, accompanied by related drawings, that was organized by Yale School of Art dean Robert Storr, while Vincent Fecteau has an amusing abstract ceramic sculpture displayed on a Mies van der Rohe table in the Glass House. The icing on the cake, however, is Fujiko Nakaya's installation Veil, which periodically envelops the Glass House in a misty fog-making Johnson's 65-year-old masterwork seem to vanish.
Visitors had the full run of the estate—which includes artworks indoors and outdoors by Frank Stella, Julian Schnabel, Donald Judd, George Segal, John Chamberlain, Elie Nadelman, and others—while enjoying a picnic lunch prepared by Elm, champagne by Taittinger and the hypnotic sounds of DJ Arp.
Photos by Paul Laster.