previews

Eero Saarinen, Trans World Airlines Terminal, 1962, John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York. Photo: Bathazar Korab.

Minneapolis

“Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future”

Walker Art Center
725 Vineland Place
September 13–January 4

Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum
Washington University, One Brookings Drive
January 30–April 27

Curated by Donald Albrecht

In an era when designers of all stripes are mining the relationship between sophisticated technologies and architectural form, the resurgence of interest in midcentury modernist Eero Saarinen should come as no surprise. In his day Saarinen was often seen as an eclectic, and many of his iconic works, from the TWA terminal at JFK airport (1962) to the ubiquitous Womb Chair (1948), deployed cutting-edge technology to produce expressive, mathematically rigorous, curvilinear buildings and furniture that defied high-modernist orthodoxies. The Minnesota iteration of this major traveling retrospective (Saarinen’s first) will span the galleries of two institutions, offering viewers a unique opportunity to engage the complete oeuvre of this great master of both the ars and the techne of architecture.

Also on view at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.