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Modern Affair

Philip Johnson Glass House



Estevan Rael-Galvez, Dana Evans and Christy MacLear

Photographs Sandra Hamburg

It was the party of the summer. On a weather-perfect day in June, the serene grounds of The Philip Johnson Glass House were opened up for the annual fundraiser, and those who attended that afternoon had the unique experience of exploring one of the world’s most celebrated works of Modernism, and the artful landscape that surrounds it. In his welcoming remarks, Henry Urbach, director of The Glass House, urged those gathered to leisurely wander the campus as if they were guests of Johnson, who regularly entertained many celebrated artists here, including Andy Warhol. To make that experience all the more enjoyable, each guest was asked to find a comfortable place on the green lawn from which to dig into a picnic lunch prepared by Chef Brian Lewis of Elm Restaurant in New Canaan. Lawn games were on the list of party activities, along with live music and a silent auction. Throughout the day, guests were able to tour the forty-seven-acre Glass House property that comprises fourteen buildings, follies, and painting and sculpture galleries. Proceeds from the benefit will support the preservation of this National Trust Historic Site and fund future programs.

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