The Glass House Named a 2016 Art Conservation Project Grant Recipient by Bank of America
New Canaan, Conn. – Jan. 13, 2017 – Bank of America announced the Glass House is the recipient of a grant from the Bank of America 2016 Art Conservation Project. This grant will provide funding for the complete replacement of the Glass House ceiling, consisting of approximately 1,800 square feet of self-colored plaster.
The Glass House, built in 1949 by architect Phillip Johnson, is a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Johnson and his partner, David Whitney, hosted legendary gatherings at the house during their life together, which brought together artists, architects, philanthropists and other cultural figures. Today the Glass House continues this rich tradition by presenting exhibitions, performances and programs.
“The Glass House is an international icon of modern architecture where visitors come to study and celebrate architecture, art, design and landscape architecture,” said Glass House Executive Director, Gregory Sages. “The replaced ceiling will allow visitors to experience Johnson’s intended design and functionality of the house and the objects contained inside.”
“The arts are a powerful tool to help economies thrive and help individuals connect across cultures,” said Bill Tommins, Southern Connecticut market president at Bank of America. “The Glass House has provided residents of Southern Connecticut with rich cultural experiences for a decade, and Bank of America is proud to support the restoration of its ceiling through the Art Conservation Project so that this iconic house can be enjoyed for years to come.”
The Bank of America Art Conservation Project is a unique program that provides grants to nonprofit museums throughout the world to conserve historically or culturally significant works of art that are in danger of deterioration. Since the program’s launch in 2010, Bank of America has provided grants to museums in 29 countries supporting over 100 conservation projects. Projects in 2016 include ‘Blue Boy’ a painting by Thomas Gainsborough at The Huntington Library in Los Angeles; a painting by Claude Monet at the Kimbell Art Museum in Ft. Worth, Texas; 11 works of art at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago including ‘Jackie Frieze, 1964’; three monumental paintings by Salvador Dali at the Dalí Museum in St. Petersburg. Fla.; and a 6th century haniwa (terracotta tomb figure) at the Tokyo National Museum.
For more information please visit Bank of America’s Art Conservation Project website.
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The Glass House, built between 1949 and 1995 by architect Philip Johnson, is a National Trust Historic site 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 tour season runs from May through November and advance reservations are required. For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit www.theglasshouse.org.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a privately funded nonprofit organization that works to save America’s historic places to enrich our future. For more information, please visit www.savingplaces.org