Glass House Presents' September lineup announced

Glass House Presents is an ongoing series of public programs, including conversations, performances and gatherings, that sustains the New Canaan site's historic role as a meeting place for artists, architects and other creative minds.

Before each event, visitors have an opportunity to explore the Glass House campus and view the exhibitions, including "Fujiko Nakaya: Veil," which continues through Nov. 30.

The program concludes with light refreshments.

On Thursday, Sept. 11, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., David Diao and Christian Bjone will discuss Philip Johnson's work and Diao's interest in the Glass House and modernist architecture. Two paintings by Diao that relate to the Glass House will be installed in the Painting Gallery for the occasion and will remain on view until Sept. 22.

The program is organized in collaboration with the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, of Ridgefield, on the occasion of its exhibition "David Diao: Front to Back," which continues through Sept. 21.

Diao is known for paintings and collages that examine the legacy of artists such as Kasimir Malevich, Barnett Newman and Gerhard Richter, as well as architects Mies van der Rohe, Marcel Breuer and Johnson.

Born in Chengdu, China, Diao immigrated to the United States in 1955. He was elected to the National Academy in 2012.

His work is included in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Ontario Art Gallery and the Vancouver Art Gallery, among others.

Tickets are $50.

On Sunday, Sept. 14, from 3 to 5:30 p.m., "Feast of Clarity: Food and Architecture" will feature architect Kulapat Yantrasast and chef Keizo Seki for a kitchen table conversation on creativity and a tasting of specially prepared sushi.

Seki was born in Osaka, Japan, and began mastering the art of making sushi at a young age in Tokyo before moving to Los Angeles. With more than 30 years of experience in both Japan and the United States, he opened the restaurant Sushi Zo in Los Angeles in March 2006. In 2013, Keizo opened a second restaurant, Zo Downtown, in downtown Los Angeles.

Yantrasast is creative director and founding partner of wHY.

In 2012, Kulapat was recognized as one of the art world's 100 Most Powerful People by Art+Auction magazine and, in 2009, he was the first architect to receive the Silpathorn Award from the government of Thailand.

Tickets are $100.

On Thursday, Sept. 25, from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Michael Govan, who joined the Los Angeles County Museum of Art as CEO and Wallis Annenberg director in 2006, is the guest speaker.

He oversees all activities of the museum, including art programming and the Transformation campaign, a multifaceted building project that is expanding, upgrading and unifying the museum's eight-building, 20-acre campus.

Prior to Dia Art Foundation, Govan served for six years as deputy director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.

Tickets are $50.

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