American Masters - Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future

Aired on Detroit Public Television 12/27/16

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. Learn more > 

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A Cranbrook Conversation: Eero Saarinen and the Cradle of American Modernism

Accompanying the film, Eero Saarinen: The Architecture Who Saw the Future, are four DPTV-produced local segments filmed at the Cranbrook Academy of Art on Saarinen’s influence and legacy on the venerated institution. Featuring panelists including Gregory Wittkopp, Director, Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research; Leslie Edwards, Head Archivist; Andrew Blauvelt, Director of Cranbrook Art Museum; Scott Klinker, 3-D Designer-in-Residence, Cranbrook Academy of Art.

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Roundtable at Cranbrook

Roundtable at Cranbrook

In anticipation of the premiere some of Cranbrook's experts sat down to discuss not only how the iconic architect the iconic architect left his mark at Cranbrook.

GM Tech Center

GM Tech Center

Cranbrook Art Museum Director, Andrew Blauvelt, describes how Eero's time at Cranbrook influenced one of his first big projects, Detroit's own GM Tech Center.

Ego & Collaboration

Ego & Collaboration

Leslie Edwards, Head Archivist of Cranbrook's Center for Collections and Research, describes the collaborative & competitive spirit intertwined with Eero Saarinen's way of working

Eero's Impact

Eero's Impact

Cranbrook Academy of Art 3D Designer-in-Residence, Scott Klinker, discusses the impact the iconic architect, Eero Saarinen, has had on Cranbrook's next generation of artists.

Saarinen Before His Time

Saarinen Before His Time

Greg Wittkopp, Director of the Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research, discusses how Saarinen's work was far ahead of its time.

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