Form + Function @ Library A Weeklong Celebration of Mid-Century Modernism at the Berkeley Public Library

March 29, 2013

Contact: Dayna Holz or Michele McKenzie Art & Music Department 510-981-6241



Slide lectures, film screenings, a filmmaker Q&A, and a mobile-building workshop, make up a week of activities celebrating mid-century modern architecture and design in California and the Bay Area.  Form + Function @ Library: A Celebration of California Mid-Century Modernism runs from Sunday, May 5th to Sunday, May 12, at the Central Library, 2090 Kittredge St. at Shattuck in downtown Berkeley, and includes:   Sunday, May 5, at 1:30 p.m.: Eames: The Architect and The Painter with Jason Cohn Documentary filmmaker Jason Cohn discusses his film, Eames: The Architect and The Painter (co-produced by Bill Jersey and Jason Cohn, 2011, 84 min.). Following the screening of the film, Mr. Cohn will be available for a Q&A session with the audience.   Monday, May 6, at 6:30 p.m.: Architecture at Mid-Century in East Bay Land: Standards and Surprises From the Post-War Repertoire with Pierluigi Serraino Pierluigi Serraino, architect and author of such books as NorCalMod (Chronicle Books, 2006) and the forthcoming Donald Olsen: Architect of Habitable Abstractions, will give an illustrated lecture on mid-century modern architecture in the East Bay.   Saturday, May 11, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: The Films of Charles and Ray Eames Drop-in to see one or more of the short films from the series The Films of Charles and Ray Eames.  These groundbreaking shorts showcase the breadth and depth of interests explored on film by the Eames’ between 1950 and 1982.   Saturday, May 11, at 3:00 p.m.:  Thoroughly Modern Mid-Century Mobiles A mobile-building workshop for kids ages 6 and up. Participants will learn about Alexander Calder’s mobiles and how to make simple, mid-century-inspired designs to hang at home.   Sunday, May 12, 2p.m.: Berkeley: A Modern Mecca with David Weinstein David Weinstein, historian, preservationist, features editor for CA Modern magazine, and author of such works as It Came from Berkeley: How Berkeley Changed the World (Gibbs Smith, 2008), will conduct an informal pictorial tour of the greatest modern homes in and around Berkeley.   Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.  For more information, call 510-981-6241 or connect and Berkeley’s Central Library is open Monday 12 noon until 8 p.m., Tuesday 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Sunday afternoons from 1 p.m. till 5 p.m. For more info please call 510-981-6100 or visit Wheelchair accessible. To request a sign language interpreter or other accommodations for this event, please call (510) 981-6195 (voice) or (510) 548-1240 (TTY); at least three working days will help ensure availability. Please refrain from wearing scented products to public programs.

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