Screening of “Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter” + “Harry Bertoia’s Sculpture” at the Museum of Arts and Design

Starting June 16 at 7 pm, MAD presents a new cinema series, Midcentury Masters, exploring the lives and work of Harry Bertoia, Lina Bo Bardi, Charles and Ray Eames, and  Buckminster Fuller. The achievements of this influential group of postwar architects and designers continue to inspire the way we think and move through space today.


Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter
Jason Cohn & Bill Jersey, 2011, USA
85mins, Digital Projection
Narrated by James Franco, this vibrant documentary traces the careers of Ray Eames and her husband, Charles, highlighting the duo’s eccentric output. Primarily known as furniture makers, the Eameses also worked in film, photography, architectural design and multimedia experimentation. The Architect and the Painter highlights their immeasurable contributions to American arts, culture and technology.


Harry Bertoia’s Sculpture
Clifford West, 1965, USA
25mins, Digital Projection
With a mesmerizing soundtrack by Harry Bertoia, Clifford West’s film creates a setting of motion and progression rare among other educational films of the 1960s and 1970s. An abstract study, it mirrors the abstraction of Bertoia’s work itself. An opening shot of a lunar landscape reveals itself to be one of his sculptures, setting the stage for something grand in scope, yet miniature in size.

Start Date

June 16, 2016

End Date

June 16, 2016


07:00 PM - 09:00 PM


Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle New York, NY

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Midcentury Masters is screened in conjunction with two exhibitions on Harry Bertoia—Atmosphere for Enjoyment: Harry Bertoia's Environment for Sound and Bent, Cast & Forged: The Jewelry of Harry Bertoia—and puts him in the context of his contemporaries. From Fuller's utopic geodesic visions and the Eames' prefab case study homes to Bo Bardi's urban revitalization projects, this generation of artists was at the forefront of a revolutionary movement experimenting with materials and form through a practice of austerity in service of the collective good.

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