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Glass House Presents
Thursday, June 21, 2018 at 5:30PM

The Glass House
199 Elm Street
New Canaan, CT 06840


Glass House Presents is an ongoing series of public programs — including conversations, performances, and gatherings — that sustain the site’s historic role as a meeting place for artists, architects, and other creative minds.

Thursday, May 31, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Deborah Nevins


Landscape architect Deborah Nevins will discuss her work and recent projects. Her talk is preceded by a self-guided tour of the Glass House and followed by a light reception.

Deborah Nevins is the president of Deborah Nevins & Associates, the New York-based landscape design firm she founded over 25 years ago, and a principal of Nevins & Benito Landscape Architecture. Her firm's recent work includes the 40-acre Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center and Park in Athens (with Renzo Piano Building Workshop), and the ongoing expansion of the campus of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, including landscapes for new buildings by Steven Holl Architects. She also designed the Pritzker Garden at the Art Institute of Chicago. The firm's extensive residential work includes significant gardens and estates throughout the United States, the Caribbean, and Europe. The work of Deborah Nevins & Associates is noted for exciting visual experiences, a sophisticated use of plants, and a dedication to sustainability. A historian of landscape and architecture, Nevins lectures often and her writing has appeared in numerous books, journals, and periodicals.

Wednesday, June 13, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Jennie C. Jones


Join artist Jennie C. Jones for a conversation about her work and upcoming exhibition at the Glass House. Jones creates visual and sound abstractions that mine the history of Modernism — from abstraction, Minimalism, and avant-garde jazz to seminal political and social shifts — revealing the unlikely alliances that emerge between the visual arts and music of the 1950s and ’60s. Jones describes her approach as “listening as a conceptual practice.” The conversation is preceded by a screening of Sound?? (dir. Dick Fontaine, 1966, 25 min.), a short film that features musicians John Cage and Rashaan Roland Kirk.

Jennie C. Jones attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. She has had solo exhibitions at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; Atlanta Contemporary Art Center; Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco; The Kitchen, New York; and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. She is the recipient of The William H. Johnson Prize (2008), the Studio Museum in Harlem’s Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize (2012), a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant (2013), and a Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Residency (2014). Jones is presently a visiting critic at Yale University.

This program is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Thursday, June 21, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Alastair Gordon + Robert Rubin


Cultural historian Robert Rubin and critic Alastair Gordon will discuss the legacy of the internationally recognized designer Pierre Chareau (1883 – 1950) as well the extraordinary Maison de Verre (1932) in Paris and Robert Motherwell’s Studio (1947) in East Hampton. Their conversation is preceded by a self-guided tour of the Glass House and followed by a light reception.

Alastair Gordon is an award-winning critic and author who has written regularly about the built environment for the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. His critically acclaimed books include Naked Airport, Weekend Utopia, and Spaced Out. He has taught critical writing at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design, serves as an architecture critic for the Miami Herald, and is Editorial Director of Gordon de Vries Studio, an imprint that publishes books about the human environment. Robert M. Rubin is a cultural historian and independent curator. He is the author of Jean Prouvé: Tropical House (with Olivier Cinqualbre), Richard Prince: American Prayer, Walkers: Hollywood Afterlives in Art and Artifact, and Avedon's France: Old World, New Look. He and his wife acquired the Maison de verre in 2005. He is currently working on a book about Alexander Calder and architecture.

Thursday, September 13, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Enrique Norten


Architect Enrique Norten will discuss his work and recent projects. His talk is preceded by a self-guided tour of the Glass House and followed by a light reception. Enrique Norten was born in Mexico City in 1954. He studied architecture in Iberoamericana University (1978) and holds a Master in Architecture from Cornell University (1980). In 1986, he founded TEN Arquitectos and in 2000 opened a second office in New York. He lectures the Miller professorship at the University of Pennsylvania and has taught at Yale, UCLA, Michigan, Texas, Cornell, Parsons, Pratt Institute and Harvard universities. Over his 28-year career, Enrique has received many awards and accolades. In 1998, he received the Mies van der Rohe Prize of Latin American Architecture and since 1999 he is an Honorary Member of the American Institute of Architects. With over 50 built projects, he is recognized by buildings such as the National School of Theatre and Arts, the Habita Hotel, the Americano Hotel, the High Museum of Villahermosa, the National Laboratory of Genomics for Biodiversity, the University Museum of Chopo, the Amparo Museum, the Emblematic Monument of the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, Santa Fe Eurocenter, Business School Campus Livingston Rutgers University New Jersey and Mercedes House in New York.