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The Kaufmanns of Fallingwater: Modern Movement Tastemakers

As retailers, patrons, and philanthropists, the Kaufmanns played a major role in promoting modern design. Fallingwater’s Director Justin Gunther explores the contributions of this influential family.

$18 (1 hr)

Category: Presentation, Talk, Annenberg Theater

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In commercial, social, and artistic spheres, the Kaufmann family’s impact on modernism was widespread. Edgar Kaufmann, Sr., Liliane Kaufmann, and their son Edgar Kaufmann, Jr. embraced the modern movement with an entrepreneurial spirit, impeccable taste, and progressive views, and the family firmly believed in the power of art to transform and enrich individual lives.

Ownership of Pittsburgh’s largest department store afforded them the perfect venue for promoting artists and designers, and they furthered their commitment to modern ideals through involvement with leading institutions like the Museum of Modern Art as well as civic and philanthropic contributions in Pittsburgh and beyond.

Along with their patronage and advocacy of the arts, the family also commissioned two of modernism’s greatest houses—Fallingwater (1935) in Bear Run, Pennsylvania, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, and the Kaufmann House (1946) in Palm Springs designed by Richard Neutra. While the Kaufmanns’ contributions to the modern movement were many, their donation of Fallingwater to the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy in 1963 is regarded as the family’s greatest legacy.

Now, as a museum for over sixty years, Fallingwater serves as an international educational resource and symbol of twentieth-century creativity. For this presentation, join Fallingwater’s Director Justin Gunther as he takes us on a visual exploration of the house and its collections to reveal an intimate view into one of modernism’s most significant families.    Instagram: @visitfallingwater 


Things to Know
This event is for 12 and older.
The entrance to the Annenberg Theater is located behind the Annenberg Theater Box Office, adjacent to the Palm Springs Art Museum's North Parking Lot.
Ample free public parking is available in the multi-level public garage across from the Palm Springs Art Museum.
Handicap parking is available.

This event is wheelchair accessible.
The organizer of this event is Modernism Week.

Event Check-in Location
Annenberg Theater
Palm Springs Art Museum
101 N Museum Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262
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Photo Credits: Photograph by Harold Corsini. Courtesy Western Pennsylvania Conservancy – Courtesy Western Pennsylvania Conservancy – Photograph by Christopher Little. Courtesy Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. 

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