Josep Lluís Sert / A Nomadic Dream
MAS Context, in collaboration with the Graham Foundation, presented the screening of the film Josep Lluís Sert / A Nomadic Dream on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. The event took place at the Graham Foundation 4 West Burton Place Chicago, Illinois 60610.
The documentary, written and directed by Pablo Bujosa Rodríguez, tells the story of Josep Lluís Sert, a talented architect, city planner, and contemporary of Miró, Calder, and Picasso, and his indelible impact on the course of American architecture. Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Design from 1953 to 1969, Sert fled Spain during the Civil War and immigrated to the United States where he lived for almost forty years. Sert had a connection to Chicago as he was part of the Graham Foundation Advisory Board when the institution was founded in 1956.
The film features never before seen archival footage as well as interviews with contemporaries of Sert including Rafael Moneo (architect and former chair of the Department of Architecture at Harvard Graduate School of Design), Robert Campbell (architect, journalist, 1996 Pulitzer Prize winner, and former colleague of Sert), Robert Gardner (filmmaker, former Director of the Carpenter Center for Visual Arts at Harvard University, and personal friend of Sert), and Gerald & Nina Holton (personal friends of Sert and current owners of the Sert home in Cambridge). For more information about the film, please visit www.jlsertfilm.com.
The event is free but donations to support our public program are welcome. For more information about how to support MAS Context, please visit: www.mascontext.com/support
Studio Visit | Pitchfork
On Thursday, May 7, 2015, MAS Context organized a studio visit to Pitchfork. Designer Michael Renaud, creative director of Pitchfork and contributor to our Repetition issue, discussed the ideas behind The Pitchfork Review and his experience working on the first five issues, as well as his design approach to the different areas of Pitchfork.
Pitchfork has been the leading voice in independent music since 1996, with an audience of more than 5 million unique visitors each month. Every year they organize fantastic music festivals in Chicago and Paris and, in July of 2013, they launched The Dissolve, a reference website for movie lovers.
In December of 2013 they released the first issue of The Pitchfork Review, a quarterly print publication featuring long-form feature stories, photography, design, cartoons, and other ephemera that documents music culture, past and present. You can find more information about The Pitchfork Review at www.thepitchforkreview.com.
Thank you very much to Michael Renaud and Molly Butterfoss for taking the time to share their work, and to all of you who attended the event.
Below are a few photographs of the event: