A Project to Benefit The Farnsworth House and Glass House

A Project to Benefit The Farnsworth House and Glass House

Modern Views

September 13, 2010


Online exhibition opens September 7th

October 1 – October 6
Exhibition Preview at Sotheby’s, New York
Free admission

October 6
Exhibition and auction, Sotheby’s, New York
Ticketed event
Premiere screening of Sarah Morris new film, Points on a Line
6:30 to 8:30 pm


With the goal of connecting the greatest minds in contemporary art and design to the inspiration of these Modern icons, the National Trust for Historic Preservation is pleased to announce the Modern Views project to benefit the Mies van der Rohe’s 1951 Farnsworth House in Plano, Illinois and Philip Johnson’s 1949 Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut.

The Modern Views project leadership invited a global slate of 100 participants to create an artwork accompanied by a short statement that captures how these two iconic buildings inspire their work. It is a dialogue about vision and precedent, influence and inspiration, theory and practice, intellect and passion.

Among the works to be auctioned are examples of leading artists and architects of the 20th century as well as major contemporary artists of the 21st century including -David Adjaye, Asymptote, Tadao Ando, Maarten Baas, Constantin Boym, Vija Celmins, Zaha Hadid, Fritz Haeg, Claes Oldenburg +Coosje van Bruggen, Sheila Hicks, Dirk Lohan, Gary Hilderbrand, Ronald A. Krueck, Richard Meier, Toshiko Mori, Robert Morris, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Ken Price, Ed Ruscha, James Rosenquist, David Salle, Paula Scher, Frank Stella, Al Taylor, James Welling, & Richard Woods. All works will be available in an online exhibition from September 7th at www.sothebys.com/modernviews.

Artwork will be exhibited in New York in Sotheby’s York Avenue 10th floor galleries with a ticketed event October 6th culminating in a live and silent auction. A new film, Points on a Line, by artist Sarah Morris and inspired by both Farnsworth House and the Glass House will be premiered at the event in New York.

Spearheaded by the Glass House leadership, as the National Trust’s Center for Modernism, the Modern Views project represents a yearlong initiative to raise funds specifically earmarked for the preservation and restoration of the Brick House at the Philip Johnson Glass House and for the restoration, maintenance and operations of the Farnsworth House. The venture is set to raise 1M USD to preserve our country’s most inspirational Modernist icons. www.sotheby.com/modernviews

Modern Views project is documented in a luxurious publication by Assouline, Modern Views Inspired by the Mies van der Rohe Farnsworth House and the Philip Johnson Glass House with an introduction by Paul Goldberger, interview with Phyllis Lambert and essay by Sylvia Lavin. Hardcover ISBN:9782759404674.

For information, charity auction tickets and to pre-order the Assouline publication, contact the Philip Johnson Glass House at (203) 594 9884 or email modernviews [​at​] nthp.org.

Media contact: Christa Carr email: christa_carr [​at​] nthp.org tel: (203) 275 7565

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