Vincent Scully: An Art Historian Among Architects

Washington, D.C. Premiere Probably the best-known living art historian in the United States today, Vincent Scully was, until recently, still teaching at his alma mater, Yale University, where a wide variety of students were drawn to his undergraduate history of art and architecture courses. In his lectures and his more than 20 books on architecture, Scully’s insights are eye-opening and have inspired the work of such modern architects as Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Kahn, Robert Venturi and Aldo Rossi. He has focused on topics ranging from the late 19th-century American Shingle Style, which he identified and named, to a reassessment of Greek temples and their response to the surrounding landscape. The breadth and depth of his knowledge, which includes a close familiarity with literature as well as with the visual arts, lends a special richness to his historical interpretations. This film explores the phenomenon of Scully, tracing his connection to New Haven, where he was born, and to Yale from the time he entered as a freshman in 1936 to the present. It follows the arc of his interests in classical art and architecture to American architecture, historic preservation and urban design in the 20th century. Directed by Edgar B. Howard and Tom Piper. Produced by Edgar B. Howard.

Introduced by filmmaker and Checkerboard Film Foundation Founder Edgar B. Howard. Discussion with Edgar B. Howard follows screening.

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