Frey: Part 1 – The Architectural Envoy world premiere was screened at Modernism Week 2017 Albert Frey, the unpretentious Swiss-born mid-20th century architect, aided in the introduction of Corbusian-influenced modernism to the United States, and through an innate curiosity of the American landscape, developed an extraordinary design style, blending industrial techniques and a love of nature.
The first of a 2 part film series produced by Design Onscreen, this film explores Albert's early life and work in Europe, to his New York architectural accomplishments in the 1930s, including the famed Aluminaire House, the Canvas Weekend House, design work on the New York Museum of Modern Art, as well as his Kocher-Samson Building in Palm Springs.
It explores his collaborative efforts with architects including Le Corbusier, A. Lawrence Kocher and John Porter Clark. The film, directed by Jake Gorst (The Nature of Modernism: E. Stewart Williams, Architect, 2014; Desert Utopia: Midcentury Architecture in Palm Springs, 2005), explains why Frey is a significant force in the story of how modernism developed in the United States prior to World War II. Contains never-before-published archival imagery, as well as breathtaking architectural footage, and features a cast of notable interviewees, including architecture critic Paul Goldberger and historians Joe Rosa, Michael Schwarting, Frances Campani, Alan Hess, Sidney Williams and others. A film to be sure to see, even if for a 2nd or 3rd time!
The organizer of this program is Modernism Week. This program is streaming through March 31, 2021.
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