American Masters: Eero Saarinen

American Masters: Eero Saarinen
December 27, 2016 paperlesslion

Tonight, PBS American Masters celebrated Cranbrook Educational Community’s Eero Saarinen in primetime. “Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future” aired on Detroit Public Television Channel 56.

Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future explores the life of Finnish-American modernist architectural giant Saarinen (1910-1961), whose visionary buildings include national historic landmarks such as St. Louis’ iconic Gateway Arch and the General Motors Technical Center in Michigan, as well as New York’s TWA Flight Center at John F. Kennedy International Airport, Yale University Ingalls Rink and modernist pedestal furniture like the Tulip Chair. Saarinen’s story will be told in the new PBS American Master’s film airing on PBS stations nationwide and on Detroit Public TV (DPTV) on Tuesday, December 27 at 8 p.m. For a preview, click here.

 “Our architecture is too humble. It should be prouder, more aggressive, much richer and larger than we see today. I would like to do my part in expanding that richness.”–  Eero Saarinen

Accompanying the film will be three DPTV-produced local segments filmed at Cranbrook on Saarinen’s influence and legacy on the venerated institution. These and the American Masters special will air on DPTV starting Dec. 24 and will be available online at, along with a special 10-minute segment featuring a roundtable discussion on the influence of Saarinen’s work to other legendary designers, as well as to the industry as a whole.

 Panelists include: 

  • Gregory Wittkopp, Director, Cranbrook Center for Collections and Research
  • Leslie Edwards, Head Archivist
  • Andrew Blauvelt, Director of Cranbrook Art Museum
  • Scott Klinker, 3-D Designer-in-Residence, Cranbrook Academy of Art

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