A week and a half later, he was dead. Had he lived into his nineties, he might have weighed in on how to rebuild the World Trade Center. Instead, in a scant solo career that flourished only after the death in of his father and partner, Eliel, Saarinen worked hard enough to produce half a dozen masterpieces, a few duds, and a catalogue of imperfect innovations, all designed for an optimistic age. Even the somber CBS building—that midtown Stonehenge faced in stippled black granite—suggests a company sure of its perpetuity. Louis, setting off an infinitude of prairie sky with a slender steel frame. In one fleeting scene, an executive with a briefcase clutched in his swinging fist strides through the lobby to the staircase, a cable-hung beauty with shallow steps that force him to slow his gait—just enough, perhaps, for him to appreciate working in a masterpiece of contentment.

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Click to share on Pinterest Opens in new window Eero Saarinen was among the most prolific, unorthodox and controversial architects of the 20th century, creator of the monumental St. Louis will present Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future, the first retrospective to explore the complete career of the acclaimed Finnish American architect.

Louis, Missouri, under construction, Photographer: Bob Arteaga. From the Collections of Arteaga Photos Ltd. At the same time, though often celebrated as a lone, heroic creator, Saarinen worked frequently and enthusiastically with other architects, artists, engineers and clients to create cohesive, harmonious environments across a wide range of architectural scales.

The resulting portrait shows the architect to have been guided by a clear vision of modern life as a constant collaborative dialogue. Saarinen also emerges as a man in full command of the most sophisticated — and media-savvy —architectural and design strategies of his age. Photographer unknown. Courtesy Eero Saarinen Collection. Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University.

The show will highlight the history of the St. A daylong symposium of the same title will take place Jan. In addition, the Kemper Art Museum will sponsor Arches, a community project that invites the public to create short films inspired by the Gateway Arch. Selected entries will be screened at the museum April The exhibition is curated by Donald Albrecht in conjunction with an international consortium of Finnish and American scholars.

Louis coordinator for Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future. Kemper, Jr. Promotional support is provided by The Gateway Arch Riverfront. Kennedy International Airport, New York, c. Photograph: Balthazar Korab. The museum dates back to , making it the oldest art museum west of the Mississippi River. Today it boasts one of the finest university collections in the United States. Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future will open with a reception from 7 to 9 p.

Friday, Jan. Both the reception and exhibition are free and open to the public. Regular hours are 11 a. Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays; 11 a. Fridays; and 11 a. Saturdays and Sundays. The museum is closed Tuesdays. For more information, call or visit kemperartmuseum. Louis will open from 7 to 9 p. The daylong symposium of the same title will take place Jan. In addition, the museum will screen selected entries from 1, Arches April Opening reception 7 to 9 p. HOURS: 11 a. Monday, Wednesday and Thursdays; 11 a.

Fridays; 11 a. Closed Tuesdays. COST: Free and open to the public.


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