[Sold Out] John Adams Institute Presents: Henry UrbachOther / Amsterdam
17 February 2014, 8pm
The John Adams Institute has arranged for Henry Urbach, director of the Philip Johnson Glass House in the United States, to give a presentation about his work and the architectural importance of the Glass House to American Modernism.
Who is Henry Urbach?
Henry Urbach studied architecture, architectural theory, and planning and preservation at both Princeton and Columbia Universities.
Before working at the Glass House, Urbach served as the Curator of Architecture and Design at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, producing exhibitions that consisted of fascinating installations and making complex theories of design accessible to a range of audiences.
Urbach's fascination with the Glass House began while he was researching the space as a centre of potential for curatorial experimentation.
In the Netherlands at the invitation of the Iconic Houses Network, Urbach will discuss his research and vision for the Glass House as an art space and architectural icon.
Thumb photo by Paul Laster
Glass House: American Modernist Icon
Built in 1949 by Philip Johnson as a private residence and now the centrepiece of a 49 acre campus-like property in New Canaan, Connecticut, the Glass House was an early example of how modernist concepts, including minimal structure, geometry, ideas of proportion, transparency and reflection, could be integrated harmoniously with industrial materials such as glass and steel.
In 1960, Johnson met David Whitney, an accomplished curator, editor, art collector and friend of New York's Modern masters including Jasper Johns, Andy Warhol and Frank Gehry.
The two would eventually become life partners and expand the Glass House property to include a Brick House, Lake Pavilion, Painting Gallery, Sculpture Gallery, the Ghost House, Popestead, Grainger and Lincoln Kirstein Tower.
Now in the hands of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the buildings and collection they house function as a monument and catalyst for the interpretation and practice of modern architecture, landscape, art and experimentation.