Modern Views - A project to benefit Mies's Farnsworth House and Philip Johnson's Glass House

     Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Farnsworth House Plano, Illinois

    From the release:   On January 1, 2010, Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House came under the management of the National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP). Within its portfolio of twenty-nine historic sites, the NTHP now owns and manages two of America’s greatest Modernist residences – the Farnsworth House in Plano, Illinois and Philip Johnson’s Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut. This transition allows an even closer collaboration between the two properties resulting in the launch of Modern Views: A Project to Benefit Farnsworth House and the Glass House. Spearheaded by the Glass House, the project represents a year-long initiative to raise funds for critical site preservation efforts at both homes. The venture is set to raise $1M to preserve our country’s most inspirational Modernist icons.
    Modern Views asks contemporary artists, architects and designers to continue one of the 20th century’s great cultural dialogues – the historic exchange reflected in Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House and Philip Johnson’s Glass House. It is a dialogue about vision and precedent, influence and inspiration, theory and practice, intellect and passion.
    Modern Views project leadership invited a global slate of participants to create and donate a drawing, model or other work of art, accompanied by a short statement that captures how these two iconic buildings inspire their work. One hundred architects, artists and designers have contributed work representing some of the greatest thinkers in their respective fields.  The donated work will be published in a book by Assouline and will be exhibited in both Chicago and New York.  Events will be held in both cities to raise money to benefit the sites’ preservation.

     Philip Johnson Glass House New Canaan, Connecticut
    The project will be officially announced in early June 2010 at the Four Seasons Restaurant in New York during a preview reception for the media, project leaders, donors and participants. In fall 2010, contributed works will be exhibited in Chicago and New York, culminating in an event and auction in each city.  Additional programming will occur during the exhibitions to capture the artistic views and inspirations from both iconic homes as well as to discuss broader Modern preservation topics and challenges.
    This project is generously underwritten by Sotheby’s. Funds generated by Modern Views: A Project to Benefit Farnsworth House and the Glass House are specifically earmarked for the preservation and restoration of the Brick House at the Philip Johnson Glass House and are targeted for damage remediation from the flood of 2008 at the Farnsworth House.
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