The Philip Johnson Glass House, a National Trust for Historic Preservation site, introduces a new evening program, Conversations in Context, offering visitors the opportunity to join a leading mind in architecture, art, design, landscape or preservation and explore the site through a contemporary lens.

The program takes place on select Thursday evenings and features a two-hour guest-hosted tour and from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. throughout the season. Conversations in Context tickets cost $150 per person and may be purchased online at philipjohnsonglasshouse.org or by phone at 866-811-4111.

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Conversations in Context guests will participate in a discussion initiated by the host's personal narrative, interpretation or inspiration while walking the Glass House site. Rooted in the history of Philip Johnson and David Whitney's rich cultural salons, the conversation will continue over a light reception at the Glass House following the tour.

"Conversations in Context continues Johnson's vision of the Glass House as `not so much a home as a clearing house of ideas,' " Hunter Palmer, Glass House director of visitor experience and programs, said. "By connecting the public to the site through a dialogue with leaders across creative disciplines, we strive to honor the legacy and embrace the contemporary relevance of the Glass House."

The Glass House has been described by architectural historian Vincent Scully as "the longest running salon in America," as great minds in architecture, art and design gathered in New Canaan at the invitation of Philip Johnson and David Whitney. These conversations are legendary as we recognize their enormous influence on our culture in the second half of the 20th century.

The 2011 Conversations in Context program is the latest iteration of the Glass House Conversations series. Conversations evolved from the original salons of Johnson and Whitney into a series of 12 invitational dialogues (Seasons 2-3), to a continuing online dialogue (Season 4) brought together by multidisciplinary thought leaders for conversations that explore important issues and new ideas. Conversations in Context will tie the original on-site salon experience to the current online dialogue, linking the Glass House legacy and physical site to an online platform connecting new and expanded audiences.

Conversations in Context visitors are entitled to a membership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation and 10 percent discount in the Glass House Store. $100 of the ticket purchase is tax-deductible and supports ongoing preservation and education efforts at the Glass House.

The Philip Johnson Glass House, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, presents programs, projects and commissions that engage the site's legacy as an ongoing place for innovation and new ideas and promotes the highest level of education surrounding the preservation of modern architecture, art and landscape. The 2011 tour season represents the fifth year that the Glass House and National Trust for Historic Preservation have welcomed visitors to Philip Johnson's 47-acre campus.

To purchase tickets visit www.philipjohnsonglasshouse.org.

For more information regarding Conversations in Context visit www.philipjohnsonglasshouse.org.programs/context

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