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Registration and Program IH Conference 15-18 May 2018

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Registration and Program IH Conference 15-18 May 2018

  • Marcel Breuer House at Pocantico, Marcel Breuer 1949
  • Reisley House, Frank Lloyd Wright, 1951
  • Manitoga, David Leavitt and Russel Wright 1961
  • Glass House, Philip Johnson 1949
  • Hodgson House, Philip Johnson 1951
  • Alice Ball House, Philip Johnson 1953 
  • Boissonnas House, Philip Johnson 1956
  • Eliot Noyes House, Eliot Noyes 1955
  • Serge Chermayeff House and Studio 1952
  • Weidlinger House, Paul Weidlinger 1953
  • Hatch Cottage, Jack Hall 1960
  • Kugel/Gips House, Charlie Zehnder 1970
  • Gropius House, Walter Gropius 1938
  • Marcel Breuer House at Pocantico, Marcel Breuer 1949
  • Reisley House, Frank Lloyd Wright, 1951
  • Manitoga, David Leavitt and Russel Wright 1961
  • Glass House, Philip Johnson 1949
  • Hodgson House, Philip Johnson 1951
  • Alice Ball House, Philip Johnson 1953 
  • Boissonnas House, Philip Johnson 1956
  • Eliot Noyes House, Eliot Noyes 1955
  • Serge Chermayeff House and Studio 1952
  • Weidlinger House, Paul Weidlinger 1953
  • Hatch Cottage, Jack Hall 1960
  • Kugel/Gips House, Charlie Zehnder 1970
  • Gropius House, Walter Gropius 1938

Modernism on the East Coast – Philip Johnson and the Harvard Five

The Iconic Houses Network will hold its bi-annual international conference in Norwalk, CT, in the New Canaan area.

Full program and booking details can be found here: www.aanmelder.nl/ihc2018

Supported by lead sponsor American Express, the conference is retracing the root taken by Modernism on the East Coast of the USA when it arrived from Europe. In particular, the New Canaan area has an impressive number of high-quality Modernist homes because the architects who taught at Harvard built houses for themselves and their friends here. Many are the work of Philip Johnson and the architects of the Harvard Five. These unique homes will be the focus of the lectures and conference house tours.

The first general conference afternoon (Thursday, May 17) includes tours of Philip Johnson’s Alice Ball House, the Boissonas House as well as a guided tour of Johnson’s own iconic Glass House (1949), where New Canaan is naturally mainly associated with.

The second afternoon House Tours (Friday, May 18) will lead to four significant private masterpieces, designed by architects from the Harvard Five, such as the family home of Eliot Noyes; the Gores Pavilion by Landis Goris; and the John Rayward House, Tirranna, (Frank Lloyd Wright, 1955; tentative subject to sale).

The Pre-Conference House Tours (Wednesday, May 16) includes guided tours of the Marcel Breuer House in the Pocantico Hills of Tarrytown; Russel Wright’s home and studio 'Manitoga' in Garrison; the Usonia community and the Roland Reisley House (Frank Lloyd Wright, 1951), a Usonian Home in Pleasantville, New York.

There’s also a three-day Post-Conference trip to the modest Modernist holiday homes on Cape Cod which also takes in Cambridge and ends with Boston’s Gropius House (Saturday, May 19 - Monday, May 21). Tours on Cape Cod include houses designed by Serge Chermayeff, Jack Hall, Paul Weidlinger and Charlie Zehnder.

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Full program and booking details can be found here: www.aanmelder.nl/ihc2018

Posted on 22 January 2018


DAILY SCHEDULE

15 May, Tuesday: Expert Meetings [included in conference fee]
Open to Iconic Houses Members and recurring Friends of Iconic Houses

Expert Meetings

1) The American Art of Fundraising

Across the world, nonprofit organizations are increasingly seeking private donations to complement the funding they receive from public authorities. In their efforts to broaden and diversify their sources of funding, they might draw inspriration from their colleagues in the United States.This expert meeting is designed to introduce you to the factors that have helped our American counterparts achieve continued success in fundraising, covering key topics such as strategic planning, prospect identification, membership giving, donor cultivation, capital campaigns, corporate partnerships, planned giving and trustee involvement.

2) Alternatives to the House Museum Model – Four Case Studies

Presentations by organizations that developed alternative ways to preserve this particular emerging heritage, 20th century residences, other than as a house museum.

Moderator is Chandler McCoy, Senior Project Specialist at the Getty Conservation Institute, running a.o. the Conserving Modern Architecture Initiative.

  • Katherine Malone-France, Vice President for Historic Sites at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Washington USA.
  • Architect Toshiko Kinoshita, Board Director of the Heritage Houses Trust, Tokyo Japan.
  • Anne Mette Rahbæk, Head of Communication and special assignments of Realdania Byg, Kopenhagen Denmark.
  • Architect Peter McMahon, Founder of the Cape Cod Modern House Trust, Wellfleet USA.

16 May, Wednesday: Add-on Event

Pre-Conference House Tours

This tour day you will visit the Marcel Breuer House in the Pocantico Hills of Tarrytown, Russel Wright’s home and studio 'Manitoga' in Garrison and the Roland Reisley House, a Usonian Home by Frank Lloyd Wright in Pleasantville, New York. The homes will be visited in rotation. Each shuttle will visit a different home first.

Welcome reception


17 May, Thursday: Conference Day 1 [included in conference fee]

Lectures in the morning

Modernism on the East Coast – Philip Johnson and the Harvard Five

In the 1940s, a group of five modern architects from Harvard inspired by the Bauhaus ideas about architecture settled in the bucolic town of New Canaan, CT, where they stirred up an experimental modernist movement in the sleepy New England town. Marcel Breuer, Eliot Noyes, Landis Gores, John Johansen and Philip Johnson, established what would become a center of experimental Modern residential design. Their informal network became later known as the “Harvard Five”. Speakers will offer an insight about the role of architect Philip Johnson and the Harvard Five in the 20th century.

Keynote Address by Terence Riley:
Philip Johnson - Portrait of the Curator as a Young Man

Riley will focus on how Philip Johnson came to fall in love with modern architecture and how he influenced it as a curator at the Museum of Modern Art and as the architect in his own right. Architect Terence Riley is a founding partner of Keenen/Riley. Riley served as the Philip Johnson Chief Curator for Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art (1991-2006), where he curated critical exhibitions on both historical figures as well as contemporary architects. From 2006 until 2010, Riley was director of the Perez Art Museum Miami, leading the institution through a transformative process of planning and designing a new waterfront facility. In addition to writing and researching contemporary topics, Riley is often a visiting design critic at various universities, including the University of Miami School of Architecture.

A panel discussion will be moderated by Hilary Lewis, Chief Curator & Creative Director at The Glass House, with architects Stover Jenkins, author of The Houses of Philip Johnson and William D. Earls author of The Harvard Five in New Canaan: Midcentury Modern Houses by Marcel Breuer, Landis Gores, John Johansen, Philip Johnson, Frederick Noyes.

Speakers:

  • Architect Frederick Noyes will lecture about his childhood home, the Noyes House (1954) in New Canaan. Designed by Eliot Noyes and included on the National Register of Historic Places, the house’s unique composition — two enclosures for public and private functions connected by an open air courtyard — remains highly provocative. Fred will analyze the intent and design of the house in comparison to the Glass House (1949), designed by Philip Johnson.
  • Architect Craig Bassam and Creative Director Scott Fellows own the Company BassamFellows, celebrated for its Craftsman Modern aesthetic in interiors, furniture, and lifestyle products. They are the private owners of the Hodgson House (1941), designed by Philip Johnson in New Canaan and are in the process of restoring the house meticulously.
  • Paul Makovsky, Vice President of Design at Metropolis Magazine, will share with us his expertise about the life and work of Florence Knoll an her role in Mid Century domestic interiors.

Afternoon House Tours

The House Tours in the afternoon will lead to four private houses designed by Philip Johnson in New Canaan: the Alice Ball House, Boissonas House, Hodgson House and culminating in a tour of Philip Johnson's own iconic Glass House.


18 May, Friday: Conference Day 2 [included in conference fee]

Lectures in the morning

Iconic Houses in Latin America

A second theme is Iconic Houses in Latin America, the new focus of the organization’s awareness-raising efforts. Representatives of house museums from several Latin American countries will share their struggles to overcome obstacles, as well as their successful survival strategies.

Keynote Address by Jorge Francisco Liernur:
From Trotsky to Heidegger. World and homeland in some canonical houses in Latin America

By presenting a group of cases this presentation will try to show how many different cultural traditions constitute the referential frame for local leading architects and how the diversity calls into question the very idea of Iconic Houses in Latin America. As a Professor at Torcuato Di Tella University in Buenos Aires, Jorge Francisco Liernur, was also co-curator of MoMA’s recent exhibition and book Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955–1980. In his lecture he will explain how Modernism in residential design developed in Latin America.

Followed by presentations by heritage experts and representatives of house museums in Latin America:

  • Architect and professor Fabio Grementieri, advisor to Casa Victoria Ocampo in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Architect and professor Renato Anelli, President of the Board of Lina Bo Bardi's Casa De Vidro in São Paulo, Brazil.

Afternoon House Tours

The House Tours in the afternoon will lead via the Gores Pavilion to Richard Meier's iconic Smith House in Darien and significant private houses designed by architects of the modern Harvard group, such as the Noyes House II, the family home of Eliot Noyes.

Closing Cocktail


19-21 May, Saturday- Monday: Add-on Event
Open to Iconic Houses members and recurring Friends of Iconic Houses

Post-Conference Tours to Cape Cod and Boston area

The Post-Conference House Tours to Cambridge, Cape Cod and the Boston area, will be exclusively to offered to 40 attendees who are members or recurring Friends of Iconic Houses. This three day trip includes tours of seven houses; on Cape Cod the Weidlinger House by Paul Weidlinger, Kugel Gips House by Charlie Zehnder, Hatch House by Jack Hall and Chermayeff Studio and House by Serge Chermayeff. With the Walter Gropius House in Lincoln Massachusetts we conclude our fantastic journey.



Lead Sponsor

American Express


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Supporters

Consulate General of Mexico in New York

Consulate General of The Netherlands in New York


Sponsors in Kind


Homeowners/Site Partners

National Trust for Historic Preservation, Nancy Geary and the New Canaan Historical Society, The Marcel Breuer House at Pocantico, Roland Reisley, Manitoga, Craig Bassam and Scott Fellows, Reja Bakh, Bill Matassoni and Pamela Valentine, Chuck Smith, Fred Noyes, Cape Cod Modern House Trust, Peter Chermayeff and Historic New England.