Glass House Presents is an ongoing series of public programs, including conversations, performances and gatherings, that sustains the New Canaan site's historic role as a meeting place for artists, architects and other creative minds.
Before each event, visitors have an opportunity to explore the Glass House campus and view the exhibitions, including "Fujiko Nakaya: Veil," which continues through Nov. 30.
The program concludes with light refreshments.
On Thursday, Sept. 11, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., David Diao and Christian Bjone will discuss Philip Johnson's work and Diao's interest in the Glass House and Modernist architecture. Two paintings by Diao that relate to the Glass House will be installed in the Painting Gallery for the occasion and will remain on view until Sept. 22.
The program is organized in collaboration with the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, of Ridgefield, on the occasion of its exhibition "David Diao: Front to Back," which continues through Sept. 21.
Bjone is a licensed architect in New York City and was educated at the University of Illinois and Princeton University. He is the author of "First House: The Grid, the Figure and the Void," "Art and Architecture: Strategies in Collaboration" and "Philip Johnson and His Mischief: Appropriation in Art and Architecture." He worked as a project architect for the firms Pei Partnership and Johnson/Burgee Architects. At the latter, he also coordinated the archival research and editing for four books on Johnson.
Diao is known for paintings and collages that examine the legacy of artists such as Kasimir Malevich, Barnett Newman and Gerhard Richter, as well as architects Mies van der Rohe, Marcel Breuer and Johnson. Born in Chengdu, China, and immigrated to the United States in 1955, Diao was elected to the National Academy in 2012. His work is included in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Ontario Art Gallery and the Vancouver Art Gallery, among others.
Tickets are $50.
On Sunday, Sept. 14, from 3 to 5:30 p.m., "Feast of Clarity: Food and Architecture" will feature architect Kulapat Yantrasast and chef Keizo Seki for a kitchen table conversation on creativity and a tasting of specially prepared sushi.
Seki was born in Osaka, Japan, and began mastering the art of making sushi at a young age in Tokyo before moving to Los Angeles. With more than 30 years of experience in both Japan and the United States, he opened the restaurant Sushi Zo in West Los Angeles in March 2006. He hand selects the fish each morning and serves it in the traditional omakase style. In 2009, Sushi Zo was awarded a one-star Michelin review. In 2013, Keizo opened a second restaurant, Zo Downtown, in downtown Los Angeles.
Yantrasast is creative director and founding partner of wHY. He orchestrates the dialogue between wHY's four workshops: buildings, objects, grounds and ideas. Kulapat has led wHY to create cultural projects in emerging cities. In 2012, Kulapat was recognized as one of the art world's 100 Most Powerful People by Art+Auction magazine and, in 2009, he was the first architect to receive the Silpathorn Award from the government of Thailand.
Tickets are $100.
He oversees all activities of the museum, including art programming and the Transformation campaign, a multi-faceted building project that is expanding, upgrading and unifying the museum's eight-building, 20-acre campus. As part of Transformation, Govan orchestrated the commission and installation of the artist projects that dot the museum's campus, from Chris Burden's Urban Light, Barbara Kruger's Untitled (Shafted), Robert Irwin's evolving palm garden and, most recently Michael Heizer's Levitated Mass.
From 1994 to 2006, Govan was president and director of Dia Art Foundation based in New York City, where he spearheaded the creation of the critically acclaimed Dia:Beacon.
Prior to Dia Art Foundation, Govan served for six years as deputy director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
Tickets are $50.
For information or tickets, visit theglasshouse.org.