Please join Historic Hawai‘i Foundation and Design Within Reach for a special screening of “Infinite Space: The Architecture of John Lautner.” The free event will be held on Thursday, November 8 at the DWR Studio at Ala Moana Center. Event opens at 5:30 p.m., and the 90-minute film will be shown at 6:00 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
“Infinite Space: The Architecture of John Lautner” is a documentary feature film that traces the lifelong quest of visionary genius John Lautner to create “architecture that has no beginning and no end.” It is the story of brilliance and of a complicated life – and the most sensual architecture of the 20th century. The film was directed by Murray Grigor and produced by Sara Sackner + Anna Thomas.
“The career of the maverick architect John Lautner (1911-1994) spanned more than six decades, yet he is little known outside the architecture world, even though his buildings have starred in movies like ‘Diamonds are Forever’ and ‘Charlie’s Angels,’ ” wrote Brooke Hodge, Curator of architecture and design at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles prior to the opening of a Lautner exhibit in 2008. “Man’s relationship to nature and the universe intrigued Lautner and informed his designs, from coffee shops to plans for endless cities.”
The LA exhibit included short films by Murray Grigor, in advance of the feature-length film that became “Infinite Space.”
“[The films] provide a splash of color and reveal just how fresh and contemporary Lautner’s buildings look today. Lautner’s influence on some of today’s most important architects — Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid and Rem Koolhaas, among them — is indisputable. The wealth of images, ideas and information in this exhibition should feed the imaginations of another designing generation,” wrote Hodge.
Pau Hana with a Purpose is an occasional series sponsored by Historic Hawai‘i Foundation to showcase historic people, events, architecture, design and preservation matters. HHF is a membership-based non-profit organization that encourages preservation of buildings, sites, communities and objects significant to the history of Hawai‘i.