ArCH Film Fest Screening: Gray Matters
November 14, 2016
Houston, TX 77002
About the Film:
Gray Matters explores the long, fascinating life and complicated career of architect and designer Eileen Gray, whose uncompromising vision defined and defied the practice of modernism in decoration, design and architecture. Making a reputation with her traditional lacquer work in the first decade of the 20th century, she became a critically acclaimed and sought after designer and decorator in the next before reinventing herself as an architect, a field in which she laboured largely in obscurity. Apart from the accolades that greeted her first building –persistently and perversely credited to her mentor–her pioneering work was done quietly, privately and to her own specifications. But she lived long enough (98) to be re-discovered and acclaimed. Today, with her work commanding extraordinary prices and attention, her legacy, like its creator, remains elusive, contested and compelling.
About the ArCH Film Fest:
ArCH, Architecture Center Houston, joins forces again with HCAF for its annual film festival, co-hosting five films at Sundance Cinemas and the nearby Architecture Center.
2016 Theme and Films:
To Dwell: An Architectural Film Festival
From the earliest days of human civilization, dwelling has been an elemental condition of architectural design and construction. As spaces are inhabited to shelter our lives and everyday objects, residential design continues to evolve within contemporary architectural practices. Through a curated selection of films addressing our relationships with intimate spaces, we are proud to present the 2016 Architecture Film Festival. Please join us as we explore the practice of dwelling-its poetry, theory, satire, romance, and experience-through the following films:
The Architect 11/11 - At Sundance
Provenance 11/12 - At Menil Collection
Gray Matters 11/14 - At ArCH
It Was Not My Dream (short) 11/16 - At ArCH
The Land of Many Palaces 11/16 - At ArCH
The Infinite Happiness 11/17 - At ArCH