Mickalene Thomas | The Glass House 15th Anniversary Summer Party
Saturday, June 11 at 12 pm
Photo by Michael Biondo.
After a two-year hiatus, The Glass House will host a Summer Party to celebrate its 15 Anniversary by honoring its Glass House Artist of the Year, Mickalene Thomas. A select number of VIP ticketed guests will receive Mickalene Thomas's limited edition work Jet Blue in Landscape, 2022.
This year's event invites guests to explore the 49-acre grounds with a locally sourced picnic lunch by Elm, while enjoying special performances by award-winning tap dancer and choreographer Ayodele Casel and musical stylings by Paul Sevigny.
As part of the 15th Anniversary Summer Party, The Glass House partnered with Artsy to host their Summer Benefit Auction, which offers the opportunity to discover and collect art from a curated selection. Available for bidding online through June 11 at 4 pm EST, all proceeds from the auction provide critical support towards preserving The Glass House's campus and collections.
The Glass House remains a gathering place for creative and influential minds in architecture, art, and design.
About the Glass House, 1949
The Glass House is best understood as a pavilion for viewing the surrounding landscape. Invisible from the road, the house sits on a promontory overlooking a pond with views towards the woods beyond. The house is 55 feet long and 33 feet wide, with 1,815 square feet. Each of the four exterior walls is punctuated by a centrally located glass door that opens onto the landscape. The house, which ushered the International Style into residential American architecture, is iconic because of its innovative use of materials and its seamless integration into the landscape. Philip Johnson, who lived in the Glass House from 1949 until his death in 2005, conceived of it as half a composition, completed by the Brick House. Both buildings were designed in 1945-48.
Since its completion in 1949, the building and decor have not strayed from their original design. Most of the furniture came from Johnson’s New York apartment, designed in 1930 by Mies van der Rohe. In fact, Mies designed the now iconic daybed specifically for Johnson. A seventeenth-century painting attributed to Nicolas Poussin stands in the living room. The image, Burial of Phocion, depicts a classical landscape and was selected specifically for the house by Alfred H. Barr, Jr., the first director of the Museum of Modern Art. The sculpture, Two Circus Women, by Elie Nadelman stands opposite. It is a small version of a marble sculpture that is in the lobby of the New York State Theater (now David H. Koch Theater) at Lincoln Center in 1964.
- Courtesy of The Glass House