Eero Saarinen, Charles Eames and Harry Bertoia: design legends whose long relationships first developed at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. Each have played significant roles in postwar American design and their influence is still tremendous today.
Enter Susan Saarinen, Carla (Eames) Hartman and Celia Bertoia, three descendants of these design icons. Having only met each other for the first time in 2007, the same connectedness that brought their famous relatives together, two fathers and one grandfather, continues with a new generation. Join them as they “compare chairs and childhoods” with an educational and entertaining presentation filled with stories, family photos and memorabilia.
Susan Saarinen, artist, designer, educator and landscape architect, will speak about her family history and memories of her father, architect and designer Eero Saarinen, her grandfather, Finnish architect Eliel, and her grandmother, Louise (Loja). Carla Hartman, director of Education for the Eames Office, will share stories of her time spent in the Eames House with her grandparents, Charles and Ray Eames, and how the interplay of light, color, season and weather continually changed to highlight different features of the space, as well the legacy they left for the 21st century and beyond. Celia Bertoia, director of the Harry Bertoia Foundation and author of the publication, The Life and Work of Harry Bertoia (2015), will talk about the personal side of her father, designer and sculptor Harry Bertoia, development of his classic wire frame “Diamond’ chair and his work from jewelry to monumental public sculpture
Things to Know
This event is for ages 12 and older.
The stairs to the entrance of the Annenberg Theater are located behind the Annenberg Theater Box Office, adjacent to the Palm Springs Art Museum’s North Parking Lot.
There is ample free public parking in the city-owned garage directly across from the museum’s north parking lot.
Handicap parking is available., This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Modernism Week.
Event Check-in Location
101 N. Museum Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Photo Credits: Courtesy of Design Within Reach/Celia Bertoia,Courtesy Modernism Week
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