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
  • January 20, 2007–March 18, 2007
    National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo
  • April 19, 2007–October 7, 2007
    Centre International pour la Ville, L’Architecture et le Paysage, Brussels
  • November 17, 2007–March 30, 2008
    Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
  • May 3, 2008–August 23, 2008
    National Building Museum, Washington, D.C.
  • September 14, 2008–January 4, 2009
    Minneapolis Institute of Arts
  • January 31, 2009–April 26, 2009
    Washington University, Saint Louis
  • November 8, 2009–January 31, 2010
    Museum of the City of New York
  • February 19, 2010–May 2, 2010
    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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