Eames: The Architect and the Painter

Eames: The Architect and the Painter

Our intrepid reporter Ryan Flener is back with some comments on our film screening last week:

Last week’s Texas premiere of Eames: The Architect andthe Painter at the DCFA’s monthly film series proved the timelessness ofthe Eames’ influence to a diverse audience, from high school students to formercolleagues and friends of the Eames. Our culture has an ongoing demandingappetite for beauty. For Charles and Ray Eames, like many of us, beauty wassynonymous with a wide spectrum of things: process, discovery, utility, craft,color, improvisation and experimentation.  Moreover, the Eames foundbeauty in love and their symbiotic professional and personal relationship.

 Jason Cohn and Bill Jersey, producers and directors of thefilm, find interest in the mysterious relationship between Ray Kaiser(1912-1988) and Charles Eames (1907-1978), and often switch between theprogression of an innovative design collaboration and the love story (stories)behind the designs. Their routine was seamless from the moment they woke to themoment they fell asleep. Without a doubt, their work was a major part of it,and while sensitivity to credit and ownership existed in the office, somethingcan be said for the “image” of the Eames as cultural icons.

 Today, the Eames define what is left of the American Dream.Their work is patriotic, capitalist, nostalgic, and continually fresh, awaitingthe next generation of designers to drool at first glance and promote the truequestions that have consistently driven American design.

For more information on the film or to get your own copy, visit our friends at First Run Features.

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