Cranbrook's Influence on Eero Saarinen & the GM Tech Center

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American Masters — Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future explores the life and visionary work of Finnish-American modernist architectural giant Eero Saarinen (1910-1961). Best known for designing National Historic Landmarks such as St. Louis’ iconic Gateway Arch and the General Motors Technical Center (Warren, Mich.), Saarinen also designed New York’s TWA Flight Center at John F. Kennedy International Airport, Yale University’s Ingalls Rink and Morse and Ezra Stiles Colleges, Virginia’s Dulles Airport, and modernist pedestal furniture like the Tulip chair. His sudden death at age 51 cut short one of the most influential careers in American architecture. 

Accompanying the film are four DPTV-produced local segments filmed at the Cranbrook Academy of Art on Saarinen’s influence and legacy on the venerated institution. 

Ever wondered how Cranbrook influenced the expansive GM Tech Center campus? Check out the clip below, featuring Cranbrook Art Museum Director, Andrew Blauvelt:

For more on Cranbrook and Eero Saarinen's legacy, go to dptv.org/saarinen

Don't Miss American Masters - Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future Tomorrow at 8 pm ET / 7 pm CT on Detroit Public TV

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