What to do on Thanksgiving


If you are like me and living in Chicago far from family obligations, then Thanksgiving can become a great day for watching films. This Thursday I will be thankful for a day to enjoy Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman at Facets Multimedia.

Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, Visual Acoustics celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman, the world’s greatest architectural photographer, whose images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream. Shulman, who passed away this year, captured the work of modern architects since the 1930’s, including Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, John Lautner and Pierre Koenig. His images epitomized the singular beauty of Southern California’s modernist movement and brought its iconic structures to the attention of the general public. This unique film is both a testament to the evolution of modern architecture and a joyful portrait of a talented artist who chronicled it with his unforgettable images. Featuring: Julius Shulman, Frank Gehry, Tom Ford.

Directed by Eric Bricker, U.S.A., 2009, 84 mins.

About Julius Shulman, 1910-2009
(NPR, Art in America)
Photographer of architecture, naturalist, educator, and commentator on urban form. One of the leading architectural photographers of the 20th century, Shulman developed close association with the modernist architects, principally those active in Southern California such as Gregory Ain, John Lautner, Richard Neutra, and R.M. Schindler. Shulman’s images played a major role in crafting the image of the Los Angeles and “Southern California lifestyle” to the rest of the nation and world during the 1950s and 1960s. A prolific author, consultant, lecturer, exhibitor, and editor of his own vast archive, Shulman remained active up until his passing away in July of 2009.

Fri., Nov. 20 at 7 & 9 pm
Sat.-Sun., Nov. 21-22 at 3, 5, 7 & 9 pm
Mon.-Thurs.. Nov. 23-26 at 7 & 9 pm

$9 general admission
FREE for Facets Members!

For all Cinémathèque inquiries, contact Charles Coleman at
773.281.9075 or charles@facets.org

– via Facets Multimedia


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