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The Summer Party at The Glass House


The Glass House



Artists, curators, collectors, and dealers gathered at the Glass House for the annual summer party, which raised $400,000 to support the Glass House programs and preservation projects. 

Built between 1949 and 1995 by architect Philip Johnson, the Glass House is a National Trust Historic Site located in New Canaan, CT. The 49-acre landscape comprises 14 structures, including the Glass House, and features a permanent collection of 20th century painting and sculpture, along with temporary exhibitions.

The 88-year-old artist and graphic designer Elaine Lustig Cohen, who had worked with Johnson on design projects, has a solo exhibition of geometric abstractions from the 1960s and ‘70s in the Painting Gallery. The exhibition “Highlights from the Sculpture Gallery,” from one of the structures that is currently being renovated, is on view in Da Monsta, the last pavilion that Johnson added to the property in 1995. And a sculpture by Kevin Beasley is currently displayed on a Mies van der Rohe table in the Glass House, where a missing Alberto Giacometti piece had long been on view. 

Visitors had the run of the estate while enjoying a delicious picnic lunch prepared by Campagna at the Bedford Post Inn, endless glasses of Taittinger champagne, and the ambient sounds of Lucky Dragons. WM

The Glass House interim director Greg Sages and Mayapple Center for the Arts president Michelle Slater

National Trust for Historic Preservation vice president for historic sites Katherine Malone-France
and The Glass House director of development Scott Drevnig

The Glass House curator and special projects manager Cole Akers with a painting by Elaine Lustig Cohen from her show in the Painting Gallery

Artist Dike Blair and costume designer Marie Abma with a painting by Elaine Lustig Cohen from her show in the Painting Gallery

Designer and Project Projects co-founder Prem Krishnamurthy with a painting by Elaine Lustig Cohen from her show in the Painting Gallery

Artist Eric Cahan and model and fashion blogger Eva Vai

Architect Alberto Latorre and artist Carlos Betancourt with Betancourt's photo in the benefit auction

The Glass House curator and collections manager Irene Shum with a photo by Annie Leibowitz in the benefit auction

Jean-yves Noblet with Hiroshi Sugimoto photo in the benefit auction

Artist Jill Moser with her drawing in the benefit auction

Writer Bob Colacello with a work by Holten Rower in the benefit auction

Artist Bosco Sodi and his son Bosco Sodi, Jr with Sodi's piece in the benefit auction

Musicians Lucky Dragons performing at the Summer Party

Actor and curator Alexander DiPersia and writer, DJ, and W Magazine editorial assistant Gillian Sagansky

Artists Asger Carlsen and Nancy de Holl in the library in the Studio building

 Art director Lina Wahlgren and artist Quinn Tivey

Photographer Angela Pham and graphic designer Anhtuan Pham in the Pavilion in the Pond

Director of the Contemporary Art Initiative at Westfield World Isolde Brielmaier and fashion consultant Mangue Banzima in the Pavilion in the Pond

New York Magazine senior editor Christopher Bonanos and design consultant Murray Moss

Architect William Prince and Third Eye Collective director Molly Rowe



Paul Laster

Paul Laster is a writer, editor, curator, artist and lecturer. He’s a contributing editor at ArtAsiaPacific and Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art and writer for Time Out New York, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, Galerie Magazine, Sculpture, Art & Object, Cultured, Architectural Digest, Garage, Surface, Ocula, Observer, ArtPulse, Conceptual Fine Arts and Glasstire. He was the founding editor of Artkrush, started The Daily Beast’s art section, and was art editor of Russell Simmons’ OneWorld Magazine, as well as a curator at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, now MoMA PS1.



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