THE ARCHITECT WHO SAW THE FUTURE

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The Finnish architect and designer Eero Saarinen, son of the architect Eliel Saarinen, was born in 1910. In 1923 the family emigrated to the US. In 1929-30 Eero Saarinen studied sculpture at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière before studying architecture at Yale in New Haven until 1934. A Yale scholarship enabled Eero Saarinen to travel to Europe again but he returned to the US in 1936 to work in his father’s architectural practice. Eero Saarinen also took up a teaching appointment at the Cranbrook Academy in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, of which Eliel Saarinen had been head since the Academy was founded in 1932.

When his father died in 1950, Eero Saarinen took over his practice, running it as Saarinen & Associates in Birmingham until 196. At Cranbrook Academy, Eero Saarinen met Charles Eames in the late 1930s. Experimenting with Charles Eames, Eero Saarinen co-developed new furniture forms and the first designs for furniture of molded laminated wood. In 1940 Saarinen and Eames took part in the “Organic design in Home Furnishings” competition mounted by the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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Eero Saarinen’s architectural masterpiece is the signature TWA-Terminal at J.F. Kennedy Airport in New York (1956-52). Between 1958 and 1963 Dulles International Airport in Washington, DC, designed by Eero Saarinen before his death in 1961, was under construction.

Film excerpt: Eero Saarinen’s mobile lounge, “passenger-to-the-plane” concept enables his revolutionary Dulles Airport design

FILMMAKER PETER ROSEN

mezzanine_184-jpg-fit-344x192Peter Rosen has produced and directed over 100 full-length films and television programs which have been distributed world-wide and have won awards at the major film festivals. He has worked directly with some of the most important figures in the arts such as Leonard Bernstein, Yo-Yo Ma, Beverly Sills, Sherrill Milnes, Stephen Sondheim, Alexander Godunov, Midori, Leonard Slatkin, Martha Graham, Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, Van Cliburn, Skitch Henderson, Claudio Arrau, I. M. Pei, and Garrison Keillor.

He won the prestigious Directors Guild of America Award in 1990 for his production Here to Make Music: The Eighth Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The show also won a prime-time Emmy Award in 1990, and was called “enriching and inspiring” by the New York Daily News.  He was again nominated for the DGA Award in 1998 for his film,First Person Singular: I. M. Pei. The Cliburn; Playing on the Edge, with KERA/PBS, sponsored by ExxonMobil. won the prestigious Peabody Award.  A six-part series developed from the performances during the Competition, Concerto, aired on PBS throughout 2002-2003, hosted by conductor James Conlon.

Other works produced and directed by Peter Rosen include Enrico Caruso: Voice of the Century andThe Museum on the Mountain, on I. M. Pei’s new Miho Museum in Kyoto.  This program won the Gold Medal at the 1998 New York Film and Television Festival.  Midori Live at Carnegie Hall, If I Were A Rich Man, a portrait of Jan Peerce; and Playing for Peace, a 60 minute documentary about the Middle East Peace aired nationally on PBS.  Peter Rosen’s earlier productions include Carnegie Hall at 100: A Place of Dreams, which aired on PBS and was called “the perfect valentine” by The New York Times, and Reflections: Leonard Bernstein, for the BBC; and Omnibus, for ABC in 1986.

Peter Rosen’s education includes: BA Architecture, Cornell University; BFA, MFA, Yale University; Fellow, Trumbull College and Yale University; Instructor, Department of Art, Yale University.

Film outtake: Eero Saarinen’s explains his design of the MIT Chapel

 

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