Fujiko Nakaya: Veil



Fog test in preparation for Fujiko Nakaya: Veil at the Glass House image courtesy Fujiko Nakaya and The Glass House.

The Glass House presents Fujiko Nakaya: Veil

May 1 to November 30, 2014

(New Canaan, Conn — February 5, 2014)  Coinciding with the 65th anniversary of the Glass House and its 2014 tour season, the Glass House will present Fujiko Nakaya: Veil, the first site-specific artist project to engage the iconic Glass House itself, designed by Philip Johnson and completed in 1949.

Nakaya, a Japanese artist who has produced fog sculptures and environments internationally, will wrap the Glass House in a veil of dense mist that comes and goes. For approximately 10 minutes each hour, the Glass House will appear to vanish, only to return as the fog dissipates. Inside the structure, the sense of being outdoors will be temporarily suspended during the misty spells.

Veil will stage a potent dialogue with the Glass House, producing an opaque atmosphere to meet the building’s extreme transparency and temporal effects that complement its timelessness. According to Glass House Director Henry Urbach, “Johnson’s interest in the balance of opposites is evident throughout the Glass House campus. With Nakaya’s temporary installation, we carry this sensibility to its endpoint while allowing the unique magic of the Glass House — the dream of transparency, an architecture that vanishes — to return again and again as the fog rises and falls.”

The Glass House, situated on a promontory overlooking a valley, is subject to changing wind patterns, as well as variable temperature and humidity, that will continually influence the interchange between Veil and the building it shrouds. Fresh water, pumped at high pressure through 600 nozzles, will produce an immersive environment that reveals these dynamic conditions. According to Nakaya, “Fog responds constantly to its own surroundings, revealing and concealing the features of the environment. Fog makes visible things become invisible and invisible things — like wind — become visible.” The drama of Nakaya’s work rests in the continuous interplay between what is visible and what is not. Known coordinates vanish, only to be replaced by a miasma, rich in changing phenomenological effects, that evoke a sense of mystery, foreboding, and wonder.

This installation is part of a greater initiative to transform the Glass House campus into a center for contemporary art and ideas, in particular those that foster new interpretations of the historic site’s meanings. The exhibition will be accompanied by public programs at the Glass House and in New York City, soon to be announced.

Fujiko Nakaya was born in Sapporo, Japan in 1933. Her father, Ukichiro Nakaya, a physicist credited with making the first artificial snowflakes, had an impact on her work and, as a young art student, she became interested in working with cloud-like forms. In 1970, at the World Expo in Osaka, Japan, Nakaya created the world’s first fog sculpture when she enveloped the Pepsi Pavilion in a vaporous mist, in collaboration with the legendary artist collaborative Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.).

Nakaya has created fog installations around the world, including projects for the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao; the Grand Palais, Paris; the Australian National Gallery, Canberra; and the Exploratorium, San Francisco, among others. She consulted with architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro on the Blur Building for the 2002 Swiss Expo, and has worked with numerous artists (including Trisha Brown, David Tudor, and Bill Viola) on environments for music and performance. This will be her first large-scale installation on the east coast of the United States and the first time her work has been presented at an internationally renowned historic site.

Organized by Henry Urbach, Director and Chief Curator, and Irene Shum Allen, Curator and Collections Manager, Fujiko Nakaya: Veil is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. Additional support is provided by Mee Industries, Inc.

The Glass House, built between 1949 and 1995 by architect Philip Johnson, is a National Trust Historic Site located in New Canaan, CT. The pastoral 49-acre landscape comprises fourteen structures, including the Glass House (1949), and features a permanent collection of 20th-century painting and sculpture, along with temporary exhibitions. The tour season runs from May to November and advance reservations are required. For more information, please visit www.theglasshouse.org.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation (www.PreservationNation.org) is a privately funded nonprofit organization that works to save America’s historic places to enrich our future, reimagining historic sites for the 21st century. The guiding principle of this initiative is that historic sitesmust be dynamic, relevant, and evolving in order to foster an understanding of history and culture that is critical, sensory, and layered.

Visitor Information:

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Septmeber 12, 2013

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The Glass House, a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is pleased to announce the 2013 season of Conversations in Context, generously supported by Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®, a leading supplier of building envelope solutions in North America.

Hosts of this season’s Conversations in Context series include: Peter Brant, Elizabeth Diller, Peter Eisenman + Cynthia Davidson, Murray Moss + Francois deMenil, Annabelle Selldorf, Bjarke Ingels, and James Welling. Visitors will explore the Glass House compound during evening tours hosted by luminaries from the fields of architecture, design, and the arts.

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The Glass House receives a National Endowment for the Arts grant to support a site-specific fog sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya

May 6, 2013

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced today that The Glass House is one of 817 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. The Glass House has been recommended for a $25,000 grant to support Site Works, a new series of large scale artist projects on the grounds of the Glass House.

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Glass House 2013 Season Preview

May 2, 2013

The Philip Johnson Glass House is pleased to announce that tickets are now available for the 2013 Tour Season. A wide variety of tours are available so visitors can enjoy all aspects of this historic modernist icon, set a 49 acre curated country landscape; from one hour guided tours to 2 ½ hour specialized tours focusing on art, architecture and landscape. American Institute of Architects (AIA) Continuing Education learning units credit (CEU) is available on select tours.

Tour Schedule: May 2 through November 30, 2013 (excluding Tuesdays and Wednesdays)

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The Glass House is pleased to announce its first site-specific exhibition: SNAP! by E.V. Day. Conceived for the building known as Da Monsta — designed by Philip Johnson in 1995 as a visitor center and now a gallery — SNAP! interprets the pavilion’s peculiar geometry and atmosphere both inside and out. Day has roped the exterior of Da Monsta with massive climbing webs and populated the interior with an ensemble of recent sculpture that tease out the noir qualities of Johnson’s late work.

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The Glass House will host its first Community Day on May 1, 2013 with free tour tickets for New Canaan residents. The Community Day launches the 2013 Glass House tour season, marking its seventh year as a public historic site. Advance reservations are required and can be made through the Glass House website.

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Calling all budding young architects and art lovers! Glass House launches Club Glass House

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WHO: Children Only, ages 9-13 (Grades 5-8)

WHAT: Special After-School Tours of the Glass House

WHERE: Tours begin and end at the Glass House Visitor Center located at 199 Elm Street directly across from the New Canaan train station. Ph. 203.594.9884.

WHEN: May 7, May 21, June 11, June 18  4:00-5:30 pm

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Will coincide with the Glass House tour season, May to November 2012

Generously supported by Architectural Digest magazine

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