When: Wed., Dec. 11, 7:30 p.m. 2013
Has architecture been given the shortest shrift as the humanities are stripped out of public education? North Carolina Modernist Houses has become a crucial organization, both through its efforts to preserve the state's rich history in 20th-century residential design and in its advocacy for architecture itself in a region sprawling toward homogeneity.
Among the NCMH programs is their film series at the Raleigh Grande, which features Regular or Super: Views on Mies van der Rohe this month. The German-born architect was the last director of the Bauhaus before the Nazis snuffed the school; he settled in Chicago in 1937. Among his most famous buildings are the Farnsworth House and the Lake Shore Drive Apartments in Chicago, as well as the Barcelona Pavilion and Berlin's Neue Nationalgalerie. The Seagram Building in New York is seen as the prototypical modern high-rise.
But filmmakers Patrick Demers and Joseph Hillel begin their van der Rohe story on Nun's Island in Montreal, where a humble gas station was one of his last commissions. They explore his life, his passion to express the modern age's need for order and freedom in structures of steel and glass, and the buildings he built out of that passion. —Chris Vitiello