Past Exhibitions
Eero Saarinen, Side Chair, 1956. Aluminum base, fused plastic finish, molded plastic shell reinforced with fiberglass, and upholstered seat cushion. Yale University Art Gallery, Mabel Brady Garvan Collection

Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future

  • October 6, 2006–December 6, 2006
    Kunsthalle Helsinki
  • October 6, 2006–December 6, 2006
    National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo
  • October 6, 2006–December 6, 2006
    Centre International pour la Ville, L’Architecture et le Paysage, Brussels
  • October 6, 2006–December 6, 2006
    Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
  • October 6, 2006–December 6, 2006
    National Building Museum, Washington, D.C.
  • October 6, 2006–December 6, 2006
    Minneapolis Institute of Arts
  • October 6, 2006–December 6, 2006
    Washington University, Saint Louis
  • October 6, 2006–December 6, 2006
    Museum of the City of New York
  • October 6, 2006–December 6, 2006
    Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.
Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future is the first major exhibition to examine the architect’s wide-ranging career from the 1930s through the early 1960s. Saarinen (1910–1961) was one of the most prolific, unorthodox, and controversial masters of 20th-century architecture. His iconic designs, ranging from the tulip chair to the 630-foot-tall Gateway Arch in Saint Louis, helped create the international image of the United States in the decades following World War II. Saarinen also continued Yale’s commitment to modern architecture through the swooping concrete vaults of Ingalls Hockey Rink. Organized by the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York; the Museum of Finnish Architecture, Helsinki; and the National Building Museum, Washington, D.C., and presented in conjunction with the Yale University School of Architecture, the traveling exhibition features drawings, models, furniture, photographs, films, and ephemera.
Exhibition organized by the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York; the Museum of Finnish Architecture, Helsinki; and the National Building Museum, Washington, D.C., with the support of the Yale School of Architecture. ASSA ABLOY is the global sponsor for the exhibition. Additional support is provided by Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates, Florence Knoll Bassett, Agnes Gund and Daniel Shapiro, Elise Jaffe and Jeffrey Brown, Jeffrey Klein, Earle I. Mack, Marvin Suomi, anonymous donors, and the Ministry of Education, Finland. Support for the Yale venues is provided by ASSA ABLOY, Stanley Tigerman, and the Joann and Gifford Phillips, Class of 1942, Fund.

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