The Architecture and Design Film Festival (ADFF) at the National Building Museum Presents the Documentary Frey: Part 1—The Architectural Envoy
Friday, February 22, 2019 from 6:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Don’t miss the special screening of the documentary Frey: Part 1—The Architectural Envoy about famous Swiss-born architect Albert Frey at the National Building Museum.
Albert Frey, a Swiss-born mid-20th century architect, was a key figure in the introduction of Corbusian-influenced modernism to the United States. Through his innate curiosity about the American landscape, he developed an extraordinary design style, blending industrial techniques and a love of nature.
This film explores Frey’s formative years while working closely with Le Corbusier in Europe. It also shows his important transition to America, when he designed the famed Aluminaire House, the Canvas Weekend House, the New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), as well as his Kocher-Samson Building in Palm Springs. The film reveals why Frey is such a significant force in the development of modernism in the United States.
This is the first of a two-part film series; the second film is anticipated in spring 2020.
The screening is followed by a conversation between Joseph Rosa, director and CEO of the Frye Art Museum and author of Albert Frey, Architect, and Susan Piedmont-Palladino, curator, National Building Museum.
The festival will also screen Two Pianos which examines two very famous architectural landmarks in Switzerland, namely the Fondation Beyeler in Basel and the Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, as well as the Swiss-German short film Francis Kéré – An Architect between.
National Building Museum
401 F Street N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001
General Admission: $12.00 - $15.00