This has been a spectacular year at the Glass House. To celebrate the 110th anniversary of Philip Johnson’s birth we launched our most ambitious programming initiatives ever, including new exhibitions, performances, tours and preservation projects. We enriched the experiences for our visitors while maintaining our historic site as a creative cultural hub that honors the creative spirit of Philip Johnson and David Whitney. But there’s more…
In May, we were thrilled to open the doors to our restored Sculpture Gallery after the biggest preservation initiative in our history. A new skylight system eliminated water infiltration while preserving the signature shadow effects designed by Johnson. The lights are on for the first time in 18 years, the interior and exterior walls were repainted, and the heating is once again operational – all thanks to our generous donors.
Yayoi Kusama’s Narcissus Garden has been the highlight of our tour season with over 1,300 stainless steel spheres floating in our newly restored pond. Kusama also created an “infinity room” experience in September, covering the Glass House with her signature polka dots. This installation generated worldwide press, excitement, and the highest attendance in our history.
We continued to enrich our site experience with additional exhibitions like Robert Rauschenberg: Spreads + Related Works. We expanded our study tours program that pair the Glass House with other architecturally significant sites in the region. Additionally, we presented new performance projects and our Glass House Presents talk series brought in well-known figures from the worlds of art, architecture, and design.
In 2017, the Glass House will commemorate our 10th anniversary as a public museum. We have so much planned, but need your help for a number of projects including the restoration of the Brick House. We welcome and appreciate your donation at any level. Please help us continue our work to preserve this special place for future generations and continue its creative legacy.
Warm regards for the holiday season,
Gregory Sages, Executive Director
P.S. As a token of our appreciation, donors of $1,000 or more will receive a limited edition Yayoi Kusama Glass House snow globe.