Please join Design Onscreen – The Initiative for Architecture and Design on Film for the Architecture and Design Film Series during Palm Springs Modernism Week, February 14–19 at the Camelot Theatre.

Modernism Week, is an exciting 10-day homage to the ideals of mid-century modern design, architecture and culture in Palm Springs, California. This design aesthetic, originated in the early 1950s and 60s, features the clean, simple lines and celebrated elegant informality which came to define “desert modernism.

The Architecture and Design Film Series is co-sponsored by Modernism Week and Design Onscreen, and features six films covering some of the most compelling architecture and design of the 20th century.

Palm Springs Modernism Week
Design and Architecture Film Festival, co-sponsored by Design Onscreen
February 14–19, 2010

tickets available at:
Camelot Theatres
2300 East Baristo Road
Palm Springs, California 92262

Tel (760) 325-6565

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

World Premiere – William Krisel, Architect

William Krisel, Architect (2010). Dir. Jake Gorst, approx. 86 mins. Over the course of his sixty-year career, Architect William Krisel has brought modernism to the masses, designing more than 40,000 individual housing units across the U.S. Krisel’s influential work has become synonymous with mid-20th century Southern Californian design. The documentary explores his life and work, including his roots in 1930s China, his ground-breaking designs for modern living, and interviews with scholars, his contemporaries and family. “I’m a firm believer that good modern design can make your life happier, more productive and more enjoyable,” says Krisel. William Krisel, Architect is presented by Design Onscreen, a Denver-based nonprofit dedicated to producing, preserving and promoting high-quality films on architecture and design. Q&A to follow with the director Jake Gorst, Bill Krisel and Samuel Goldwyn, Jr.

Cost: $12
When: 7:30 pm
Where: Camelot Theatre , 2300 E Baristo Road
, Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 325-6565
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Monday, February 15th, 2010

Desert Utopia: Mid-century Architecture in Palm Springs

Desert Utopia: Mid-Century Architecture in Palm Springs traces the history of modern architecture in Palm Springs from the earliest days to the preservation issues facing the region today. Many of the small communities of the Coachella Valley boast extraordinary mid-century homes and buildings by the acknowledged masters of modernist architecture, including E. Stewart Williams, John Lautner, William Cody, Albert Frey, Richard Neutra, R.M. Schindler, Donald Wexler and William Krisel. The film features rare archival footage and images, as well interviews with homeowners, architectural historians and the architects who created the iconic designs that today embody the modernist spirit of Palm Springs.

Q&A to follow with Alan Hess and the director, Jake Gorst

Cost: $10
When: 7:30 pm
Where: Camelot Theatre , 2300 E Baristo Road
, Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 325-6565
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Tuesday, February 16th, 2010

Ray Kappe: California Modern Master Forty Years of Modular Evolution & Philip Johnson: Diary of an Eccentric Architect

Ray Kappe endures as an influential cult figure in the Southern California architectural scene. In 1972 he founded the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI- ARC), which has inspired many of today’s leading architects.

Philip Johnson is arguably one of America’s most renowned architects. Revered and reviled, he is credited for making careers and criticized for being a chameleon. His variously styled buildings puncture the skyline of nearly every American city, however, the greatest commission of his life has been his own. His status as a world-class architect was established with the completion of his Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut in 1949. At the time, the New York Times reported throngs of onlookers creating traffic jams on Ponus Ridge Road. Since then, his estate has served as a laboratory for his constantly evolving architectural ideas, a sort of diary by an eccentric architect.

Philip Johnson: Diary of an Eccentric Architect profiles the architect in his most carefully constructed environment. In his 91st year, he is an endearing combination of contemplative, wise and irreverent. Johnson takes the viewer on a personal tour through each of the eight structures he has placed in an obsessively manicured 40-acre landscape; the Glass House, Guest House, Pavilion, Painting Gallery, Sculpture Gallery, Study, Ghost House, and Kirstein Tower. As he discusses the history and design influences of each building, his idiosyncrasies and creative process are intimately revealed.

Woven throughout this tour is the story of his latest construction, a “Visitor’s Center.” Johnson unabashedly reconfigured a design by the artist Frank Stella, who visits the site, offers a critique, and eventually gives his blessing. Highlights of the construction and its inherent difficulties are presented in stark contrast to the idealistic setting of the existing estate. Budgets are disputed and technical difficulties must be worked out.

Producer/Director: Barbara Wolf for Checkerboard Film Foundation
55 Minutes
1996

Q&A with Brad Dunning and Heather Purcell Leja will follow the 2 screenings

Cost: $10
When: 10 am
Where: Camelot Theatre, 2300 E Baristo Road
, Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 325-6565
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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Visual Acoustics, the Modernism of Julius Shulman

Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, Visual Acoustics celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman, the world’s greatest architectural photographer, whose images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream.

Q&A to follow the screening with Heather Purcell Leja, director of Design Onscreen and Wim de Wit, Head of the Department of Architecture and Contemporary Art at The Getty Research Institute

Cost: $10
When: 7:30 pm, Q&A with Alan Hess and Jake Gorst to follow.
Where: Camelot Theatre, 2300 E Baristo Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 325-6565
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Friday, February 19, 2010

Rem Koolhaas: A Kind of Architect

Cost: $10
When: 10 am
Where: Camelot Theatre, 2300 E Baristo Road, Palm Springs, CA 92262
(760) 325-6565
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