Eero Saarinen: A Reputation For Innovation
KMAC Member Preview Party - KMAC Members get an exclusive look at the exhibit Eero Saarinen: A Reputation For Innovation. Drinks, hors d’oeuvres and live music! Members who attend will also be entered to win the recently published hardcover book, Eero Saarinen: Objects and Furniture Design.
Friday, November 22 | 7 – 8pm
Mina Marefat Public Lecture - The curator of this exhibition, Mina Marefat, PhD will give a public lecture on her exhaustive research of Eero Saarinen. Mina Marefat is an architect, urban designer, architectural historian and teaches at Georgetown Univeristy.
Thursday, December 12 | 6 – 7pm
Public Lecture | Saarinen in Context: Modern Architecture in the 20th Century
Eero Saarinen’s architecture may have been unique, but it did not emerge in a vacuum. Using a selection of modern works from the U.S. and abroad, Wallis Miller, PhD will lecture on how Saarinen’s work was a part of the constant exploration of new materials, technologies, and cultural ideologies that characterized modern architecture in the twentieth century. Wallis Miller is the Charles P. Graves Associate Professor of Architecture at the University of Kentucky/College of Design, where she teaches courses in the College of Architecture and the Gaines Center for
the Humanities. She received a Ph.D in Architectural History from Princeton University, an M.Arch. from Columbia University, and a B.A. from Yale University.
Friday, January 10 | 6pm
Audio Optics Performance
Saturday, January 18 | 10am – 3pm
Crafting Space Symposium
UofL Belknap Campus, Humanities Room 100
In collaboration with The Hite Art Institute, University of Louisville, KMAC will host a symposium titled Crafting Space. The symposium aims to introduce audiences to the breadth of the Modernist aesthetic in architecture and culture.
The proposed speakers are:
Alastair Gordon, Contributing Editor for Architecture and Design at WSJ
Jeanne Kilde, PhD, Director of the University of Minnesota’s Religious Studies Program and historian of religion in America whose research focuses primarily on religious space and architecture
Georg Leidenberger, PhD, Professor of Modern Mexican and American history at Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana and visiting professor at UofL
Mina Marefat, PhD, Architect and Curator of Eero Saarinen: A Reputation for Innovation
Eero Saarinen: A Reputation For Innovation pays tribute to the Finnish born American architect whose work created a new American design style for the post-war age. Saarinen had a brief yet brilliant career in designing numerous corporate, educational, cultural, public, and private buildings, including recognizable icons like the Saint Louis Gateway Arch, the TWA Terminal at New York’s JFK Airport, the Dulles Airport in Washington DC, and the commissioned modern home, the Miller House in Columbus IN, now owned by the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA).
Saarinen was also at the forefront of the American modern furniture movement. He took a sculptural approach to furniture design, building hundreds of models to achieve the perfect and most pleasing proportions. His Pedestal Table, Tulip Chairs, Womb Chair and Executive Seating have all become easily recognizable icons of American modernism.
The exhibition also sheds light on a little known chapter of Saarinen’s secret professional life during World War II, when he served in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the precursor of the CIA.
Designed as a traveling exhibit, Eero Saarinen: A Reputation For Innovation is a visually rich overview documenting Eero Saarinen’s groundbreaking brand of mid-century modernism.