On February 20, join us for an online celebration of the American architect Louis Kahn, who was born 120 years ago on this day in Estonia. In this program, see a discussion with some of the people closest to Kahn: distinguished landscape architect Harriet Pattison; her son, Oscar-nominated filmmaker Nathaniel Kahn; and William Whitaker, Curator, The Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania Stewart Weitzman School of Design.
The program will include a discussion of Pattison's new book Our Days Are Like Full Years, (Yale University Press, 2020), in which she recounts her passionate and sometimes searing 15-year relationship with Kahn. Married and 27 years her senior, Kahn sent her scores of letters—many from far-flung places—until his untimely death. This book weaves together Pattison’s own story with letters, postcards, telegrams, drawings, and photographs that reveal Kahn’s inner life and his architectural thought process, including new insight into some of his greatest works, both built and unbuilt.
The event will also include the premiere of an eight minute film by Maria Juur and Nick Malkin, Jersey Homesteads: Louis Kahn and Small Town Modernism (2021), commissioned for the Kahn 120 celebration. This film presents the story of Roosevelt, NJ, a utopian suburb designed by Kahn.
The program is organized by Consulate General of Estonia in New York in partnership with Louis Kahn Estonia Foundation, and presented by Scandinavia House in New York in partnership with Yale University Press.
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