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Philip Johnson: Diary of an Eccentric Architect
"My place in New Canaan is...a diary of an eccentric architect." Thus begins a fascinating look into the mind of one of our most creative and significant architects. Philip Johnson was always on the forefront of stylistic change, and his…
Diller Scofidio + Renfro - Reimagining Lincoln Center and the High Line
Diller Scofidio + Renfro has long been at the forefront of design. The interdisciplinary design firm, founded in 1979, first stirred interest with its provocative exhibitions of theoretically based projects that blurred the boundaries between art and architecture. In 1999,…
Kiki Smith: Squatting the Palace
This film takes a circular approach to an artist who works in overlapping spirals of creative energy. Smith works in her home - not in a space specifically designed as a studio but on the 2nd floor of her East…
Studio Gang Architects: Aqua Tower
Chicago is famous for its role in fostering modern architecture, owing to the legacy of Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright in the late 1900s, and Mies van der Rohe in the mid-20th Century. Jeanne Gang, founder of Studio Gang,…
Billy Collins: On the Road with the Poet Laureate
Billy Collins is perhaps the first American poet since Robert Frost to enjoy both critical and popular acclaim. This 59-minute documentary captures the qualities that make Collins such a refreshing literary figure. With a film crew trailing him from poetry…
Eric Fischl: The Process of Painting
Developed as an adjunct to the exhibition Dive Deep: Eric Fischl and the Process of Painting, this 35-minute film is a co-production with the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) in Philadelphia. It is comprised of excerpts from interviews…
Ellsworth Kelly: Fragments
"In my paintings I'm not inventing; my ideas come from constantly investigating how things look."- ElIsworth Kelly Ellsworth Kelly is widely regarded as one of the most important abstract painters, sculptors and printmakers working today. Kelly insists on the connection…
Rick Joy: Interludes
Rick Joy, an architect based in Tucson, Arizona, owes his reputation to his innovative residential designs, which respond gracefully to their desert environment. Joy exploits natural and passive energy-saving techniques and unusual materials, such as rammed earth and rusting steel,…
Vincent Scully: An Art Historian Among Architects
Vincent Scully is likely the best-known living art historian in the United States today. Until recently, he was still teaching at his alma mater, Yale University, where a wide variety of students were drawn to his undergraduate history of art…
Alex Katz: Five Hours
When Alex Katz paints one of his large, signature paintings, it is an act of the utmost concentration, a performance in which he draws on years of experience as well as preliminary sketches, painted studies, finished drawings, and a large…
Carrie Mae Weems: Speaking of Art
In 2004 Checkerboard had the privilege of filming Carrie Mae Weems discussing her body of work, comprised of 17 projects spanning more than two decades (1981-2004). This dynamic presentation was accompanied by slides of the artist's photographs and excerpts from…
Reconsidering Postmodernism
Co-sponsored by the Schools of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame and University of Miami, an historic event in New York City gathered the founding members of the Postmodernism movement on November 11 and 12, 2011. " The generations…
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Yoshio Taniguchi: The New Museum of Modern Art
Architect Yoshio Taniguchi, revered in his native country of Japan for the design of consummately minimal museums, won the much-coveted commission to expand and renovate the Museum of Modern Art in New York City in 1997. Opened in 2004, the…
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Sol LeWitt: Wall Drawings
During the four decades of his career, Sol LeWitt produced more than 1200 wall drawings using a deliberately limited repertoire of lines and geometric shapes to create works of remarkable complexity. Born in 1928 in Hartford, Connecticut, LeWitt is considered…
Jan Groover: Tilting at Space
Jan Groover is widely recognized as one of the preeminent fine arts photographers. Her work has been compared to that of Morandi, Cezanne, and Weston. This film provides an intimate examination of her work and its progression from triptychs and…
Ray Kappe: California Modern Master - Forty Years of Modular Evolution
Ray Kappe has long been a cult figure in the architectural scene in and around Los Angeles. In 1972, he founded the influential, avant garde Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-ARC), where many of the younger-generation architects have studied or…
The Paris Review… Early Chapters
In the summer of 1953, an expatriated trio of young Americans -- Peter Matthiessen, Harold "Doc" Humes and George Plimpton -- founded the international literary quarterly, The Paris Review. Designed to welcome "the good writers and good poets, the non-drumbeaters…
Peter Eisenman: University of Phoenix Stadium for the Arizona Cardinals
Seminal theoretician and influential architect, Peter Eisenman is also an irrepressible sports fanatic. In this revealing look into his design for an iconic new home for the Arizona Cardinals football team, Eisenman takes us on a tour of the stadium…
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John Szarkowski on Ansel Adams: Speaking of Art
"Szarkowksi's thinking, whether Americans know it or not, has become our thinking about photography." - US News & World Report, 1990 During his nearly three-decade tenure as Director of the Department of Photography (1962-1991) at The Museum of Modern Art…
Robert A.M. Stern: 15 Central Park West and the History of the New York Apartment House
Even during the Great Recession of 2008, one new apartment house in New York City continued to set the bar for real-estate prices: 15 Central Park West. Designed by Robert A. M. Stern Architects, the lavish, limestone-clad structure from 61st…