Co-Presented by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Join us for an in-depth symposium to examine the legacy of one of the modern masters of architecture, Eero Saarinen. The three-day event begins with a conversation with architectural photographer and Saarinen associate Balthazar Korab and features presentations by leading architectural historians and curators on the reassessment of Saarinen’s work and its impact on contemporary design practice.
Symposium fee includes lunch and admission to the Walker and MIA on Saturday, October 11. To purchase tickets or for more information, call 612.870.6323 or visit artsmia.org. Friday and Sunday events are free and not ticketed.
FRIDAY, October 10
Rendezvous with the U: A Conversation with Balthazar Korab
Balthazar Korab worked with Le Corbusier before coming to the United States in 1955 to join Eero Saarinen and Associates, where he began experimenting with the use of photography as part of the design development process. Korab is joined in conversation by John Comazzi, Assistant Professor of Architecture, University of Minnesota College of Design.
Sponsored by the University of Minnesota College of Design and AIA Minneapolis.
For more information, call 612.626.9068 or visit www.design.umn.edu.
Lecture: 7 pm
Bell Museum of Natural History Auditorium, 10 Church Street SE, Minneapolis
Reception: 8:30 pm
Ralph Rapson Hall, 89 Church Street SE, Minneapolis
SATURDAY, October 11
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
2400 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis
Registration: Third Avenue Entrance
Coffee: Fountain Court
Conference sessions: Pillsbury Auditorium
Jennifer Komar Olivarez, Associate Curator, Architecture, Design, Decorative Arts, Craft, and Sculpture, Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Donald Albrecht, Curator of Architecture & Design, Museum of the City of New York, curator of Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future, with an overview of this groundbreaking exhibition.
Jennifer Komar Olivarez, essay contributor to the catalogue Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future, on Saarinen’s architecture of sacred spaces.
Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen, Assistant Professor, Yale School of Architecture, and coeditor of the catalogue Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future, on Saarinen’s search for form.
Q&A with Donald Albrecht, Jennifer Komar Olivarez, and Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen, moderated by Victoria Young, Associate Professor of Architectural History, University of St. Thomas.
Reception Hall, Target Wing
Walker Art Center
1750 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis
Andrew Blauvelt, Design Director and Curator, Walker Art Center
Nancy Miller, Associate Director, Center for World Heritage Studies, and Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota College of Design, on Saarinen’s corporate campuses.
Beatriz Colomina, Professor of Architecture and Founding Director of the Program in Media and Modernity, Princeton University, on Saarinen’s use of the media.
Q&A with Beatriz Colomina and Nancy Miller, moderated by Andrew Blauvelt.
Christopher Monkhouse, Eloise W. Martin Curator and Chairman, Department of European Decorative Arts, Art Institute of Chicago, and essay contributor to the catalogue Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future, on the design of the Miller House.
Tom Fisher, Professor and Dean of the University of Minnesota College of Design, on Saarinen’s legacy in contemporary architecture.
Q&A with Christopher Monkhouse and Tom Fisher, moderated by Andrew Blauvelt.
SUNDAY, October 12
Christ Church Lutheran
3244 34th Avenue South, Minneapolis
Kristine Carlson, Pastor,
Christ Church Lutheran
Ozayr Saloojee, Assistant Professor of Architecture, University of Minnesota College of Design, presents new research on Christ Church Lutheran accompanied by an exhibition at the church.
Timo Tuomi, Head of Research, Museum of Finnish Architecture, Helsinki, on the connections between Eliel and Eero Saarinen’s work.