Explore the life of Finnish-American modernist architectural giant Eero Saarinen (1910-1961), whose visionary buildings include National Historic Landmarks such as St. Louis' iconic Gateway Arch and the General Motors Technical Center in Michigan. He also designed the TWA Flight Center at JFK International Airport; Yale University's Ingalls Rink; Virginia's Dulles Airport; and modernist pedestal furniture like the Tulip chair -- introducing America to the expressive delights of the curve, and seeking to escape the rectilinear confines of the modernist tradition.
The documentary takes a personal turn as it follows the architect’s son, director of photography Eric Saarinen, as he visits the sites of his father's work on a cathartic journey. Shot in 6K with the latest in drone technology, the film showcases the architect's body of timeless work for the first time. Eero's sudden death at age 51 cut short one of the most influential careers in American architecture.
Today, Saarinen's work stands apart and continues to inspire, especially in light of renewed interest in 20th-century architects who exploded the comfortable constraints of the past to create a robust and daring American aesthetic.
Produced and Directed by Peter Rosen (68 min)
Things to Know
This event is for ages 12 and older.
Ample free parking in theater parking lot.
Handicap parking is available. This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Modernism Week.
Event Check-in Location
Palm Springs Cultural Center (formely Camelot Theaters), 2300 E. Baristo Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262
Photo Credits: TWA Flight Center
General Motors Tech Center
TWA Flight Center
Gateway Arch, St. Louis
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