The Glass House Reconsidered

Category: Art & MusicCategory: Speakers & Lecture Series
Location: Adrian Lamb Room

New Canaan Library is pleased to announce that Henry Urbach, Director of The Glass House, will deliver a talk entitled “The Glass House, Reconsidered” on Sunday, April 6 at 4:30 p.m. There will be a question and answer session at the conclusion of the talk, followed by a welcome reception for Mr. Urbach. The event will take place in the Library’s Adrian Lamb Room.

Built by architect Philip Johnson between the years 1949 and 1995, the Glass House is a 49-acre campus with many Johnson-designed buildings, a world-class collection of modern art, and a pastoral landscape. It is New Canaan’s premier architectural landmark as well as a National Trust Historic Site. “The Glass House, Reconsidered” will explore the history of this extraordinary place and how it has evolved since it opened to the public. Urbach will also interpret Johnson’s creative endeavor and discuss the site’s current transformation into a center for new art and ideas. The 2014 season, which runs from May through November, launches with Veil, an installation by Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya. It is the first site-specific project to engage the iconic Glass House itself, wrapping it is a dense mist periodically during the day. New, too, this Spring are self-guided tours, as well as Glass House Presents, a series of public programs launching in May with renowned landscape architect, Edwina von Gal.

Henry Urbach became Director of the Glass House, New Canaan, CT in April 2012. Previously he was Curator of Architecture and Design at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and, prior to that, directed Henry Urbach Architecture, a gallery of contemporary art and architecture in New York. Urbach completed his Master of Architecture degree at Columbia University and his M.A. in History and Theory of Architecture at Princeton University. He has taught at several schools of architecture, including UCLA and Yale University, and has written extensively about art, architecture, and culture.

The Glass House, built between 1949 and 1995 by architect Philip Johnson, is a National Trust Historic Site located in New Canaan, CT. The 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. The tour season runs from May to November. For more information visit

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a privately funded nonprofit organization that works to save America’s historic places to enrich our future.

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