When Philip Johnson died in 2005 at the age of 98, he was still one of the most recognizable and influential figures on the American cultural landscape. The first recipient of the Pritzker Prize and MoMA's founding architectural curator, Johnson made his mark as one of America's leading architects with his famous Glass House in New Canaan, CT, along with his controversial AT&T Building in NYC, the Rockefeller Sculpture Garden, the famed Four Seasons Restaurant, and many others in nearly every city in the country. Today we will take a 2 hour tour of the “Glass House”, including a walk through the beautifully landscaped gardens. It was built in 1949 and is considered to be a masterpiece in the use of glass. The building is an essay in minimal structure, geometry and proportion, and sits on 47 acres in New Canaan, Connecticut. We will view the 13 modernist structures, three of which are galleries, housing works by Frank Stella, Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, and many others. He used the house as a weekend retreat for 58 years and, since 1960, with his longtime companion, David Whitney (1939-2005), an art critic and curator.
We will have time to visit the gift store and view the 24 screen multi-media presentation at the visitor center.
After the tour we will have lunch at Solé, a charming restaurant in downtown New Canaan. We will be offered a three course delicious meal with coffee and tea.
Thursday, May 30.Depart 8:45 a.m.; anticipated return 6:00 p.m.$182 Resident/$197 Nonresident (includes roundtrip luxury coach bus transportation, tour, lunch, and gratuities).No credit or refund on cancellation after April 30, unless you can be replaced from our waiting list.