Architecture and Design Film Festival Preview
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at 6:00 PM (CDT)
On April 26th, 2011, in anticipation of Chicago’s first Architecture and Design Film Festival, the Graham Foundation and the Festival organizers will partner to present an evening of short films followed by a discussion with filmmaker Jim Venturi. Screenings will include:
Six Pound Chair (Dir. Eames Demetrious,
2004, 5 min.)
Eames Demetrios believes that, along with art and film, design is a process of discovery. By examining Emeco and Frank Gehry's Super Light chair, the Six Pound Chair reveals the inner workings of this process.
Glenn Murcutt: Architecture for Place (Dir.
Bruce Inglis, 2010, 11 min.)
Glenn Murcutt is Australia’s most internationally recognized architect. In 1992 he was awarded the Gold Medal of the Australian Institute of Architects; in 1996 he was awarded the Order of Australia (AO); in 2002 he received the Pritzker Prize, considered the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for architecture; and in 2009 he was awarded the Gold Medal of the American Institute of Architects. The short film "Architecture For Place" was made to accompany a touring exhibition of Murcutt's work.
Saving Lieb House (Dir. James Venturi,
2009, 24 min.)
In 1969 world-renowned architects Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown designed the world's first pop-art house. Forty years later, when the couple learned that their brainchild would be demolished, they enlisted their son, Jim, and friend and colleague, Fred Schwartz, to save the house. When two devoted Venturi fans agreed to adopt the house, Fred and Jim teamed up to get the job done. Saving Lieb House documents the 97-mile journey of the house from Barnegat Light, NJ through the rough waters of the Atlantic, under the Verrazano Bridge, past crowds of cheering New Yorkers, the Statue of Liberty, and the Brooklyn Bridge, to its new home in Glen Cove, New York.
James Venturi is a filmmaker and owner of Light From Light Films (LFLF), which produces documentaries that are designed to be enlightening. Venturi is currently working on, “Learning from Bob and Denise,” a documentary on the architecture and ideas of his parents, Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown. “Learning from Bob and Denise” was supported by two grants from the Graham Foundation in 2006 and 2009.
From May 5 – 9 The Architecture & Design Film Festival at the Gene Siskel Film Center will showcase 39 films from 11 countries, and feature a dynamic program of films, panel discussions and Q&As with filmmakers, architects and designers and a pop-up architecture book shop.
When & Where
Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts
Founded in 1956, the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts makes project-based grants to individuals and organizations and produces public programs to foster the development and exchange of diverse and challenging ideas about architecture and its role in the arts, culture, and society.