On Sunday, August 26, The Glass House celebrated the opening of the 13th International Architecture Biennale Exhibition and welcomed Henry Urbach, the new Director of The Glass House with a reception hosted by Heather and Anthony Podesta in their home in Venice, Italy. The reception was attended by approximately 85 leaders and patrons in the fields of architecture, art and design, including many Biennale participants.The Philip Johnson Glass House, a National Trust Historic Site, offers its 49-acre campus as a catalyst for the interpretation of modern architecture, landscape, and art; and as a canvas for inspiration, experimentation and cultivation honoring the legacy of Philip Johnson and David Whitney.

The reception was preceded by The Glass House Education Think Tank II, held at The Peggy Guggenheim Collection earlier that afternoon. The Think Tank, funded by The National Endowment for the Humanities and The National Trust for Historic Preservation, was a continuation of a series of conversations with various constituent groups invited to explore the question “How Can The Glass House Maximize its Contribution to Culture?” The Think Tanks enable The Glass House to continue its rich tradition of education, exploration and experimentation by offering a platform for ongoing innovation and development of new initiatives to best honor the legacy of mentorship, inspiration and new ideas that Philip Johnson crafted over his lifetime.

Photos by Fabio Lioy

Hosts Heather and Anthony Podesta


Penelope Seidler and Susan Chin

Eva Franch, Steven Holl, Zoe Ryan

Stuart and Wilma Bernstein and Nat and Carol Rhodes

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