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FILM: World Premiere of "New England Modernism–Revolutionary Architecture in the 20th Century"

Emmy® award winning documentary filmmaker Jake Gorst premieres his feature-length documentary on Modern Architecture in New England 1930-1975, and its influence on contemporary architectural design.

$20 (2 hrs) $95 (3 hrs)

Category: Film, Reception, Talk, Annenberg Theater

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The United States saw a revolution in popular architectural style between the 1930s and 1970s. American Modernism, originally influenced by the work of European masters including Le Corbusier and Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius, began to establish footing in New England in early 1930-32 in part with the construction of the Field House in New Hartford, Connecticut by William Lescaze and the Ralph-Barbarin House in the city of Stamford, designed by Le Corbusier protégé Albert Frey. 

By the 1940s, the region was a hotbed of modernism, led by a group of architects known as the “Harvard Five” who settled in New Canaan, Connecticut and included Marcel Breuer, Landis Gores, John Johansen, Philip Johnson and Eliot Noyes. Other architects who designed notable mid- century modern structures in New England included Victor Christ-Janer, Andrew Geller, Alan Goldberg, Carl Koch, John Black Lee, Hugh Smallen and Edward Durell Stone. The work produced by this pool of talent had international and permanent influence. 

The story of New England Modernism is one of imagination, creativity and industriousness.  A film produced and directed by Jake Gorst. New England Modernism: Revolutionary Architecture in the 20th Century (2024) Mainspring Narrative Films   85 min. 

Recent films directed by Gorst include Frey: Part II - The Architectural Interpreter (2020, Design Onscreen), Frey: Part I - The Architectural Envoy (2018, Design Onscreen), The Nature of Modernism: E. Stewart Williams, Architect (2014, Design Onscreen), Modern Tide: Midcentury Architecture on Long Island (2012, Design Onscreen), William Krisel, Architect (2010, Design Onscreen), Journeyman Architect: The Life and Work of Donald Wexler (2009, Design Onscreen) and Desert Utopia: Mid-Century Architecture in Palm Springs (2006, Design Onscreen). His films Farmboy (2006, Jonamac Productions), and Leisurama (2005, Jonamac Productions), have been in national U.S. public television distribution.

About Mainspring Narrative Films:  Jake Gorst and Tracey Rennie Gorst have been producing films since 2002. In addition to theatrical and streaming releases, Farmboy and Leisurama have also been in national U.S. public television distribution.
Jake is an Emmy® award winning documentary filmmaker and President of Mainspring Narrative Films. The author of Andrew Geller: Deconstructed (2015, Glitterati, Inc.), Jake has also been a contributing writer to The Architect’s Newspaper, VOX Hamptons, HOME Miami, Modern, and Modernism magazines.
Tracey is Vice President and Co-Producer at Mainspring, doing research and conducting interviews for the films. She has also served as editor for the books Andrew Geller: Deconstructed and the upcoming Leisurama: Vacation Homes for the Average American as well as numerous magazine and newspaper articles.
$95  Pre-Screening Reception + Reserved Seat Tickets / 6:00 PM–9:00 PM.
          21 years and older.

$20  General Admission Center + Rear Orchestra Tickets  / 7:00 PM–9:00 PM.
          12 years and older.

Things to Know
Ages 21 and older Pre-Screening Reception 6:00-9:00 PM
Ages 12 and older for General Admission 7:00-9:00 PM

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: Mainspring Narrative Films

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