Still on the hunt for content? Already exhausted our roundups of movies, books, and podcasts to enjoy while stuck at home? From May 17 through 20, the Architecture & Design Film Festival (ADFF) is presenting the second edition of ADFF:Online, focused exclusively on four “creative geniuses.” Check out the full lineup below, and AN readers can use the offer code ANxADFF to get a discount on any of the movies. Digital tickets, available for purchase here, are $1.99, and each film—screening first at 8:00 P.M. EST and then again at 11:00 P.M. EST—will open with comments from a special guest and close with a director Q&A session.
Of special note is the May 19 screening of Space Land Time: Underground Adventures with Ant Farm; catch a cameo from AN co-founder, the late Bill Menking, as he weighs in on the legendary 1970s avant-garde group from San Francisco.
May 17 – Gray Matters
“Gray Matters explores the long, fascinating life and complicated career of Eileen Gray, whose uncompromising vision defined and defied the practice of modernism in decoration, design and architecture. Her reputation bloomed in the early 20th century with her traditional lacquer work, then became a critically acclaimed and much sought-after furniture designer and decorator before reinventing herself as an architect, a field in which she labored mostly in obscurity. Apart from the accolades that greeted her first building (which were persistently and perversely credited to her mentor), her pioneering work was done quietly, privately and to her own specifications. But she lived long enough (she died in 1976 at age 98) to be re-discovered and newly acclaimed. Today, with her work commanding extraordinary prices and attention, her legacy remains elusive, contested and compelling.”
May 18 – The Man & The Architect: Jorn Utzon
“This documentary about Jørn Utzon tells the personal and emotional story about the world-renowned architect and his unique gift. Behind him stood the love of his life through 70 years, Lis, without whom Jørn would not have become the architect and man he was. His story is told by the people who were closest to him for decades: his children, close colleagues, and friends, all of whom share anecdotes and personal experiences. He greatly inspired the people he worked with, and meeting Jørn Utzon had a profound effect on their lives. The film is a portrait of a devoted humanitarian and a sensitive and loving soul.”
May 19 – Space Land Time: Underground Adventures with Ant Farm
“This is the first film to consider the work of the 1970s avant-garde architecture, graphic arts, and environmental design firm called Ant Farm, best known for its iconic land-art piece, Cadillac Ranch. Radical architects, video pioneers, and mordantly funny cultural commentators, the Ant Farmers created a body of deeply subversive multi-disciplinary work that questioned the boundaries of architecture and everything else in the process. Incorporating breathtaking archival video, new footage shot over ten years, and animation based on zany period sketches, Space Land Time is about the joy of creation in a time when there were no limits. “
May 20 – GOFF
“Bruce Goff was one of the greatest American architects of the 20th century. His unconventional perspective challenged stigmas about the Midwest’s inability to produce innovative work. A peer to Frank Lloyd Wright, his work had a profound influence on the next generation of architects, including Phillip Johnson and Frank Gehry. However, Goff’s willingness to explore original forms often solicited polarized perspectives of his work. As a result of establishing his practice in an otherwise conservative landscape and his unabashed desire to experiment with the possibilities of form, much of his work has been left to decay or forgotten altogether. GOFF explores the life of an iconoclast and chronicles the events that led to the destruction and renewed interest of his memory and dwellings.”