Join us for a viewing of PBS’ American Masters series about Eero Saarinen. Film length: 68 minutes.
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. Saarinen also designed New York’s TWA Flight Center at JFK International Airport, Yale University’s Ingalls Rink and Morse and Stiles Colleges, Virginia’s Dulles Airport, and modernist pedestal furniture like the Tulip chair.
Travel with his 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 that 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 amongst renewed interest in 20th-century architects and artists who exploded the comfortable constraints of the past to create a robust and daring American aesthetic.
Remarks by Associate Film Producer: Robert Ziegelman, B.ARCH U-M ‘58, the originator of the film
Peter Rosen, Director./Producer –N.Y.
Eric Saarinen, Co-Producer/Director of Photography – Los Angeles
Robert L. Ziegelman FAIA, Associate Producer/Consultant – Birmingham, MI (B Arch ’58 U of M – M Arch ’59 M.I.T.)
A. Alfred Taubman Foundation – Challenge Grant – Bloomfield Hills, MI
Popcorn and refreshments provided.
The Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan is a leader in interdisciplinary education and research with a focus on creating a more beautiful, inclusive and better built environment. The college and its alumni are committed to pushing the boundaries of architectural practice, advancing global engagement, and significantly enhancing diversity in the profession. The college offers the following degrees: Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Master of Architecture (currently ranked #6 nationally; ranked #1 in 2010 by Design Intelligence Report), Master of Science in Architecture, Master of Urban Planning, Master of Urban Design, and PhD programs.