On Monday, January 30th, 2012, a group of Modernist enthusiasts gathered in Rapson Hall at the University of Minnesota to enjoy a screening of Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman, directed by Eric Bricker. The movie, put on by the Minnesota chapter of DOCOMOMO US, and the U of M School of Architecture’s Heritage Conservation and Preservation Program, featured a special Q&A session with the documentary’s director afterwards. Bricker described his time with Modernist architectural photographer, Shulman, and the friendship that developed between the two, which eventually led to Bricker’s idea to make the documentary. Many of Shulman’s iconic photographs promoted Modernism to the masses and helped the careers of architects including Richard Neutra, Frank Gehry, and Frank Lloyd Wright.
Image courtesy of Wikipedia.
The Minnesota chapter of DOCOMOMO US is a local chapter of a national non-profit organization which strives to educate the public about Modernism. The organization also advocates for the preservation of Modern architecture and urban design that may be in jeopardy. DOCOMOMO stands for the DOcumentation and COnservation of buildings of the MOdern Movement. DOCOMOMO US MN is a relatively new face on the local preservation scene. At only three years old, the group has already hosted a number of events for local Modernist enthusiasts, including tours of local churches and homes, and most recently, the Visual Acoustics screening. Look for more information on upcoming events on their webpage or their Facebook page. The group hopes to strengthen its relationships with fellow preservation groups, including the Preservation Alliance, and to expand the number of events it hosts each year.
– Jennie Eukel
Images of Henry J. Neils House (Frank Lloyd Wright) and St. John’s Abbey Church and Bell Tower (Marcel Breuer) courtesy of Wikipedia.