Albert Frey, a Swiss-born mid-20th century architect, was a key figure in the introduction of Corbusian-influenced modernism to the United States. Through his innate curiosity of the American landscape, he developed an extraordinary design style, blending industrial techniques and a love of nature.
This film explores Frey’s formative years while working closely with Le Corbusier in Europe. It also shows his important transition to America, when he designed the famed Aluminaire House, the Canvas Weekend House, the New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), as well as his Kocher-Samson Building in Palm Springs. The film reveals why Frey is such a significant force in the development of modernism in the United States. This is the first of a two-part film series; the second film is anticipated in spring 2020.
Director: Jake Gorst
2018 / 65 min / USA / D.C. Premiere
This feature film will be screened in the Museum's Great Hall. Please note that the Great Hall theater will utilize wireless headsets. To check out your device, you will be required to leave a credit card or valid drivers license on file with a National Building Museum staff member.
This feature film is followed by Charlotte Perriand: Les Arcs.
Director: Spirit of Space
2016 / 4 min / USA
This film is about architect Charlotte Perriand's Les Arcs Resort in the French Alps was created for the exhibition Past Forward: Architecture and Design at the Art Institute.
The screening is followed by a conversation between Joseph Rosa, director and CEO of the Frye Art Museum and author of Albert Frey, Architect, and Susan Piedmont-Palladino, curator, National Building Museum.
This film screening and panel discussion is supported in part by the Embassy of Switzerland.
The Architecture & Design Film Festival: D.C. is presented by the National Building Museum with the Revada Foundation.
1.0 LU (AIA)
$12 Museum | $5 Student | $15 Non-member | $135 All Access
Get the All Access pass which includes the opening night, reception, and auto-registration to all screenings.
Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Image Credit: Still from Frey: Part 1–The Architectural Envoy by Jake Gorst, 2018.