There is so much evidence of Eero Saarinen's work that it's become hard to avoid in modern life. You've probably already seen his furniture or it's derivative copies.
MODA's exhibition, " A Reputation for Innovation" celebrates Saarinen the finnish born architect who still has a tremendous impact on design. He designed chairs, remember those tulip shaped ones from the bridge of the original STAR TREK? He designed monuments, ever hear of the St. Louis Gateway Arch? And he designed buildings, remember the Case Study House? However, there is an even larger legacy that includes commisions for the U.S. government as well as his oversight on countless public works committees.
There are some of Saarinen's beatiful and impressive models on display at MODA, the Yale Hockey Rink is one. As well as his contemporary newspaper articles and magazine covers. These articfacts and facsimiles will help illuminate the special relationship Saarinen had with popular culture. There are also a few sample pieces of his furniture. The larger than life TIMES magazine cover on the wall symbolizes the public's admiration for Saarinen who represented a hopeful and slick vision of the future.
MODA's exhibit is sponsored in part by ASSA ABLOY and KNOLL, which is only natural considering the subject matter. However Saarinen was more than a stylish corporate darling. This is explained in part by speakers like Dr. Celia Pearce, Association Professor of Digital Media at Georgia Tech. She will present an excerpt from “Meet Me at the Fair,” a collection of essays on worlds fairs she helped edit.
The exhibition is currently open to the public and will remain through the end of June.