Life of Architect Eero Saarinen Feted in Lecture by His Daughter

Susan Saarinen, daughter of the late renowned architect Eero Saarinen, will give a talk on Friday, Feb. 19, on the occasion of the opening of the exhibition “Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future.”

Titled “The Man in the Black Hat: A Personal View of Eero Saarinen,” the lecture will take place at 11 a.m. in the Yale University Art Gallery, 1111 Chapel St. It is free and open to the public.

Saarinen’s talk, titled after a story she co-wrote with her stepmother about her father, will include anecdotes about the celebrated architect and will provide insight into the personal life of Eero Saarinen.

Susan Saarinen is president of Saarinen Landscape Architecture, based in Colorado, and is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

“Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future” — the first major retrospective of one of the most influential architects of the 20th century — includes never-before exhibited sketches, working drawings, models, photographs, furnishings, films and other material, all drawn from various archives and collections. The exhibition, which will be on view Feb. 19-May 2, will be divided between the School of Architecture Gallery and the Yale University Art Gallery.

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