The Bechtler's "Modernism + Film" Series Inspires Architectural and Design Wonder
ARCHITECTURE, DESIGN AND engineering enthusiasts have a new monthly series that puts focus to their passion through the lens of film. Modernism + Film, presented by the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, screens a film or documentary each month that investigates themes of design, architecture and contemporary art while providing context and insight with in-person remarks from scholars, planners, urban architects, historians and others.
“It’s exciting to see members of our community in all stages of their life and career coming together, be they students, working architects or folks interested in architecture and traveling having conversations and sharing an enriching experience through film here at the Bechtler,” says Daniel Ferrulli, Public Programs and Audience Services Manager. “With the help of our partners at the UNC Charlotte College of Arts + Architecture, and the American Institute of Architects, we work hard to organize seasons filled with contemporary documentaries featuring qualified speakers.”
Now in its sixth season, Modernism + Film continues to inspire. “The films cover topics of individual architects, urban landscapes, stylistic movements, ideologies and the communities they impact, not just physically, but culturally.” Ferrulli says. With a robust lineup of films covering a diverse subject matter, luminaries and architectural styles, fans of the Modernism + Film series can be sure that they will learn something new and interesting each month.
The 2016-’17 season of Modernism + Film features films exploring a variety of profound architectural ideas and personalities. In October, the veil is lifted on one of the world’s most talented and elusive copycats of fine art with the screening of Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery. The American abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko explores his architectural and emotional influences January 19 during The Silence of Mark Rothko. Architect Jørn Utzon and his unfinished plans for the interior of the Sydney Opera House take center stage in The Edge of Possible, April 27. To coincide with the forthcoming exhibition on Jean Tinguely, Modernism + Film will screen Tinguely, which dives deep into the artists’ kinetic sculptures.
Modernism + Film occurs each month at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art (420 S. Tryon St). An event reception with a cash-only bar and free light bites begins at 6 p.m. in the Bechtler lobby followed by the presentation and film screening at 7 p.m. in the Wells Fargo Auditorium. A credentialed professional will provide opening remarks prior to each screening. Tickets are $10 for the public, $8 for museum members and just $5 for students (must present student ID). Click here to view the full 2016-’17 Modernism + Film season and purchase tickets to individual screenings.
Tickets: $10 for the public, $8 for museum members and just $5 for students (with ID).420 S. Tryon St.
Charlotte, NC 28202