Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Film series at the Brooks

In celebration of Architecture Month, co-sponsored by the Memphis Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Memphis) and Memphis Heritage, Inc., the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art will present a series of films exploring the work of some of the most talented and intriguing architects of our time. Three films will be presented on Thursdays in September in the Dorothy K. Hohenberg auditorium. Local architects will be on hand to introduce each of the films. Admission is $5 for Brooks and AIA members and $7 for non-members.
  • Sept. 8, 7 p.m.: Santiago Calatrava's Travels. The recipient of the 2005 AIA Gold Medal, Calatrava is known and respected across the globe, most recently due to his cathedral-like design for the World Trade Center Transportation Hub. His other projects includethe Milwaukee Art Museum and the Olympic Sports Complex in Athens.
  • Sept. 22, 7 p.m.: Berlin's Jewish Museum: A Personal Tour with Daniel Libeskind. Libeskind is interviewed by Alan Riding, New York Times journalist, as he takes him through the building. During this walking tour, he reveals the architectural and philosophical concept of the building's design. Libeskind explains his intention to make the building confusing and somewhat threatening, as he felt that this was appropriate to the history of the German Jews.
  • Sept. 29, 7 p.m.: Philip Johnson: Diary of an Eccentric Architect. Johnson has always been on the forefront of stylistic change, and his property in New Canaan, Conn., is a kind of laboratory where Johnson is his own best client. It was there that he built the famous "Glass House" that he still resides in. The house has no walls and an accompanying guesthouse, by contrast, has no windows, though it is light and sensuous inside.

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