Diana Agrest, Professor, The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union, will provide opening remarks prior to the screening of “The Making of an Avant-Garde: The Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies 1967-1984 (2013),” a documentary written, produced and directed by her. Audience Q & A follows.
The Film“The Making of an Avant-Garde: The Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies 1967-1984” (2013; 64min)
A Film by Diana Agrest
Written, Produced and Directed by Diana Agrest
“The Making of an Avant-Garde: The Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies 1967-1984” presents the creation and existence of the IAUS in the architectural, cultural, and political climate of the time, from the anti War riots, the Women’s Movement to the Paris May 68 revolution and the crime ridden and the bankrupt New York City of the 70’s, through rich and abundant footage portraying the period . This story is told through the director’s own archival footage and 27 new interviews of the most renowned architects today, that were active participants and leaders and hardly known then, telling compelling stories about the place and about their own personal experiences that were never made public before.
Featuring: Diana Agrest, Peter Eisenman, Mario Gandelsonas, Kenneth Frampton, Anthony Vidler, Richard Meier, Charles Gwathmey, Rem Koolhaas, Frank Gehry, Emilio Ambasz, Deborah Berke, Robert Stern, Mark Wigley, Bernard Tschumi, Joan Ockman, Paul Lewis, Lucia Allais. and others.
The film had its premiere at The Museum of Modern Art in New York in June 2013.