Directed by: Don Freeman
Films on the Arts
Total Runtime: 88 min
Country of Origin: United States
Best Documentary, Atlas Awards; Rising Star Award, Canada International Movie Awards; Official Selection, Milan Design Film Festival.
“Gazes deeply into the artistic and architectural histories of some of these artists’ greatest legacies – their homes.”
Following the screening, join us for a panel with local architecture experts.
“Some artists don’t just create masterpieces – they live in them.”Narrated by author and critic Alastair Gordon, Art House explores the handmade homes created and lived in by eleven distinguished American artists and designers. Showing the diversity of these artists’ aesthetics and the interplay of their artistic style with the construction of their homes, from Hudson River School painter Frederic Church’s romantic Olana to urbanist Paolo Soleri’s futuristic silt-casted structure Cosanti, this timely film demonstrates that the intuitive visions of artists can lend themselves to great architecture. The homes featured in this artful documentary incorporate a unique architectural typology characterized by a DIY aesthetic, the appropriation of building techniques from art practice, and a fierce spirit of individual expression in an age of architectural standardization. Features the homes of Russel Wright, George Nakashima, Raoul Hague, the Ralph Radcliffe artists (Byrdcliffe), Henry Chapman Mercer, Michael Hahn, Paolo Soleri, Wharton Esherick, Henry Varnum Poor, Constantino Nivola, and Frederic Church.