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April 27, 2011

Connecticut: Philip Johnson Glass House

By Departures Dispatch | Arts + Culture


Ever since Barbara Heizer’s article appeared in our May/June 2007 issue, we at Departures have had a special place in our hearts for the Philip Johnson Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut, whose fifth touring season begins May 1. The 47-acre property once belonged to the renowned architect Philip Johnson and his lifetime partner, art collector and curator David Whitney (both passed away in 2005). On it, Johnson built his "fifty-year diary," as he called the 14 modernist structures he designed for the location, including the landmark Glass House in which he resided. This season will offer three new tours focusing on the site’s architecture, landscaping and art collection (which includes works by Donald Judd and Julian Schnabel). There will also be a program called Conversations in Context, in which leading minds like New Yorker architecture critic Paul Goldberger, MoMA curator Barry Bergdoll and Johnson scholar Hilary Lewis will lead a small evening tour through the grounds, followed by a cocktail reception. Not to be missed—especially not by foodies—is a two-day event celebrating the recent book Harvest to Heat: Cooking with America’s Best Chefs, Farmers and Artisans from Taunton Press. On the evening of June 10, ten guests can participate in Dine in Design, a five-course tasting menu prepared by chefs Michel Richard and Brian Lewis (of the restaurants Central in Washington, D.C. and Bedford Post in Bedford, N.Y., respectively) and served at Johnson’s table in the Glass House. The following afternoon brings Dine with Design, when visitors can roam the grounds and enjoy dishes made by the book’s authors and inspired by the property. Architecture, art and landscape tours, $45. Conversations in Context tour, $150. Dine in Design, $10,000 per plate. Dine with Design tickets, $300. At 199 Elm St., New Canaan, CT; 866-811-4111; philipjohnsonglasshouse.org.

Photo Courtesy Eirik Johnson