Delve into one of the nation’s most innovative architectural environments, the Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut, former home of architect Philip Johnson. First built in 1949 but expanded over decades, it’s now a center for art, architecture, and culture and features examples of some of the most important movements in 20th-century architecture as well as a significant collection of postwar American art. As a National Trust for Historic Preservation site, the Glass House continues to conserve a nearly 50-acre landscape that is as much a part of the visual design as the architecture itself.
Johnson was best known in the world of architecture but played an equally powerful role as a patron of art and was one of the largest donors to New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Hilary Lewis, co-author of two books on Johnson, examines the Glass House as a signature work of modern architecture, its roles as a laboratory for architecture and a salon for the arts, and the extraordinary and complex figure behind it.
Lewis is the chief curator and creative director of the Glass House.
World Art History Certificate elective: Earn 1/2 credit*
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