Join SAF for a screening of the PBS documentary about the Finnish-American architect Eero Saarinen
(1910 – 1961).
Co-produced by Saarinen’s son, Eric, the film dives into the life and work of the visionary architect, covering seminal projects including St. Louis' iconic Gateway Arch
, the General Motors Technical Center
, New York's TWA Flight Center
at John F. Kennedy International Airport, Yale University's Ingalls Rink
and Morse and Ezra Stiles Colleges
, and Virginia's Dulles Airport
The documentary features rare archival interviews with Eero and his second wife, New York Times art critic Aline Saarinen
, as well as new interviews with architects Kevin Roche, César Pelli, Rafael Viñoly
, and Robert A. M. Stern
, architecture critic Paul Goldberger
, curator Donald Albrecht
(Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future), author Jayne Merkel
(Eero Saarinen) and Cathleen McGuigan
, editor-in-chief of Architectural Record
Born to world famous parents, architect and Cranbrook Academy of Art director Eliel Saarinen and textile artist Loja Saarinen, Eero Saarinen was surrounded by design his whole life. It came as no surprise that Eero was helping his father design furniture and fixtures for the Cranbrook campus by the time he was in his teens. In 1929 Eero left for Paris where he studied sculpture before enrolling in the Yale architecture program the following year. In 1934, he returned to Michigan to teach at Cranbrook, work on furniture designs, and practice architecture with his father.
It was at Cranbrook that Saarinen met Charles Eames. The two young men, both committed to the exploration of potential new materials and processes, quickly became great friends, pushing each other creatively while collaborating on several projects. The most notable outcome of their partnership was the groundbreaking collection of molded plywood chairs for the MoMA-sponsored 1940 Organic Design in Home Furnishings competition. Their collection was awarded first prize in all categories, catapulting the young designers to the forefront of the American modern furniture movement.
Guest Speaker: Jonathan Parks, AIA, principal of Solstice Architects, will provide perspective on why Saarinen’s work stands apart and continues to inspire.
53 minutesClick to see the Film Trailer
Photo shown: St. Louis' iconic Gateway Arch, Eero Saarinen, 1965
SAF 2017 Film Series Sponsor
Ringling College of Art + Design
Larry R. Thompson Academic Center Auditorium
2363 Old Bradenton Road
Sarasota FL 34234
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