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The Glass House 15th Anniversary Summer Party

The Glass House 15th Anniversary Summer Party
Featuring a live performance by award-winning tap dancer and choreographer Ayodele Casel with DJ Paul Sevigny

Saturday, June 11th, 2022

Presented by Yieldstreet,
an alternative investing platform
With Generous Support from Cuisinart + Tata Harper
Additional Support from 550 Madison + Northern Trust

NEW CANAAN, Conn. (May 17, 2022) ―The Glass House Summer Party is back! After a two-year hiatus, The Glass House is excited to be returning to an in-person celebration on Saturday June 11th, and once again welcome guests to celebrate on site with us for our 15th Anniversary. After opening our doors in 2007 as a public museum, The Glass House has remained a site of international significance. It is our mission to maintain this special place by raising funds to preserve our campus and collections.

This year’s fundraising event invites guests to explore the grounds with a locally sourced picnic lunch by Elm, while enjoying special performances by award-winning tap dancer and choreographer, Ayodele Casel and musical stylings by Paul Sevigny. Picnicking is enjoyed throughout the site – tatami mats on the Pavilion, pillow lounges by Dedar Italian textile company, or reclining on the pristine grass of the Glass House lawn. In between performances, join us for rosé by The Pale, lawn games or view our curated auction of over 120 lots of art, design, luxury experiences, and mingle with supporting artists.

The 2022 Summer Party silent auction is hosted by Artsy and will be available for bidding online from Friday, May 27th – Saturday, June 11th @ 4pm EST. Highlights from the auction include:

Established artists: Nan Goldin, Alex Katz, Josephine Meckseper, Kenny Scharf, and Jack Tworkov.
Emerging stars: Miya Ando, Sarah Crowner, Futura, Carlos Rolón, and Jen Stark
Design legends: Arne Jacobsen, Poul Kjærholm, Peter Marino, Jens Risom, and Marcel Wanders

The event will also see the launch of a highly anticipated benefit edition by Glass House Artist of the Year, Mickalene Thomas. The work is currently available for pre-order with a purchase of a VIP Friend ticket or Platinum Table.

On view on the grounds, a special garden installation by artist David Hartt offers an array of flowers —the selection of flowers corresponds to the plant varieties found in the paintings on view in the Painting Gallery, by artist Charles Ethan Porter (1847 –1923).

At the event of the event, guests are gifted a custom LOQI tote to commemorate the event filled with mementos from the day.

All proceeds support the preservation of The Glass House site.
Special thanks to: Bedford & New Canaan Magazine, Dedar, Comme Des Garçons, Govino, Green & Tonic, Leuchtturm1917, LOQI, NEAT Coffees, Phaidon, Roche Bobois, Simply Gum, Sei Magique, Terrepin Stationers, and VOSS.

Ayodele Casel, an award winning ” tap dancer and choreographer of extraordinary depth” (The New York Times) and one of The New York Times’ “Biggest Breakout Stars of 2019”, most recently serves as Tap Choreographer for Tony-nominated Broadway revival of “Funny Girl.” She also created and choreographed “Chasing Magic”, a dance film and concert encapsulating the wonder of collaboration and artistry. Ayodele was also a 2019-2020 fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and Artist in Residence at Harvard University. Born in The Bronx and raised in Puerto Rico, Ayodele began her professional training at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Her origins in theater and love for storytelling and tap dance have significantly contributed to the narrative nature of her work, which is rooted in the expression of identity, culture, language, and communication.

DJ Paul Sevigny, a name synonymous with New York night life, was the owner of the iconic Beatrice Inn and has deejayed for Hermes, Marc Jacobs, Louis Vuitton, Calvin Klein, the CFDA Awards, Vogue, and GQ. A fixture at film premiers, fashion shows, and gallery openings around the globe, DJ spinning at parties in New York and around the world Sevigny also plays at private parties for a bevy of celebrity clients including Katie Holmes, Jerry Seinfeld, Keith Richards, and Anna Wintour.

The Glass House, built between 1949 and 1995 by architect Philip Johnson, is a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation located in New Canaan, CT. 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. The campus serves as a catalyst for the preservation and interpretation of modern architecture, art, and design and a canvas for inspiration and experimentation. The tour season runs from April through November and advanced reservations
are required. Private tours are available throughout the year.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a privately funded nonprofit organization that works to save America’s historic places to enrich our future, reimagining historic sites for the 21st century. The guiding principle of this initiative is that historic sites must be dynamic, relevant, and evolving to foster an understanding of history and culture that is critical, sensory, and layered.

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