Arc of Light: A Portrait of Anna Campbell Bliss

Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

This 2012 documentary traces Anna Campbell Bliss’s evolution from ground-breaking architect to cutting-edge artist: her work fuses architecture, mathematics, computer technology, painting, printmaking, and calligraphy.

The film also examines the roots of Bliss’s art in the Bauhaus school, which flourished in Germany in the 1920s. Viewers will learn how Bliss’s studies with Bauhaus exponents Walter Gropius and Gyorgy Kepes, as well as her links to Josef Albers, R. Buckminster Fuller, and other figures shaped her creative development. The film features interviews with the artist and her husband, Robert Bliss, former Dean of the Graduate School of Architecture at the University of Utah, as well as other art world professionals. (Run time 51 min.)

Zaha: An Architectural Legacy & Phaeno, Building as Landscape

Wednesday, March 18, 2020, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Completed one year after Hadid’s death in 2016, Zaha: An Architectural Legacy explores the famed Iraqi-British architect’s career and legacy through five stages that signal significant progressions in her work. The film begins with her drawings and paintings while at the Architectural Association, then captures her first built project at Vitra in Weil am Rhein, Germany. The documentary moves on to the Stirling Prize-winning MAXXI in Rome, which secured her place in the architectural canon, and the London Aquatics Centre – a building which made her known to the public. It finishes with Mathematics: The Winton Gallery at the Science Museum in London, completed just months after her death.

Featuring interviews with those who knew her, including longtime collaborator Patrik Schumacher, architects Eva Jiricna and Nigel Coates, urbanist Ricky Burdett, Architects Journal editor-in-chief Christine Murray, and engineer Hanif Kara, the film gives thoughtful insight into the impact Zaha had on the architectural profession. This 2017 documentary was produced by Laura Mark and filmed by Jim Stephenson for the Architects Journal. (Run time 27 min.)

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