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 >
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.
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.
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.