Designed by Philip Johnson, the Four Seasons Restaurant in New York City provided the ideal architectural setting for the Modern Views media launch. Spearheaded by the Philip Johnson Glass House, the June 2 event gathered distinguished project leaders, artists, designers, architects and media in support of a fundraising campaign to benefit two Modern properties -- the Glass House in New Canaan and the Farnsworth House in Plano, Ill.

Modern Views was revealed as a year-long initiative to raise funds for critical preservation efforts at both historic homes that are part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation's portfolio of 29 historic sites. More than 100 contemporary artists, architects and designers have donated a drawing, sculpture or other work of art, accompanied by a short statement that captures how these two iconic buildings inspire their work.

Local participants in the fundraiser include architects Cesar Pelli of New Haven and Kevin Roche of Hamden as well as designer Jens Risom of New Canaan, all of whom have donated works of art. The pieces will be featured in an illustrated book published by Assouline and in an online exhibition hosted by Sotheby's which is slated for launch on Sept. 7.

Selected work will also be on exhibition in Chicago with a ticketed event to be held on Sept. 16, featuring a live auction of highlighted pieces. All work will be on exhibition at Sotheby's in New York with a ticketed event on Oct. 6, culminating in a live and silent auction.

New Canaan residents Kristin and Johan Eveland and Yale School of Architecture Dean Robert A.M. Stern of New Haven also serve pivotal roles in the campaign as members of the Center for Modernism Board of Directors. Additional committee members include Greenwich residents Peter Brant; Kelly and Gerry Pasciucco; Diana and Charles Revson; Pamela and Arthur Sanders; and Roxbury residents Rachel Feinstein and John Currin.

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