Film Night: The Proposal: A Conceptual Art Project Based on the Work of Architect Luis Barragán

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    Friday, August 21 2020

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In person, architecture can move us, but it can also touch us through storytelling and the medium of film. Remember when you first saw the 1927 science-fiction film Metropolis? Or The Fountainhead with Howard Roark, the ambitious and uncompromising young architect? This summer, we’ll recommend an architecture film each Friday to jumpstart your weekend. You can watch the film on your own time by accessing it through Kanopy, YouTube, or another shared platform. Share your thoughts about the film using #aiadcSummerNights. Grab some popcorn, get comfy, and enjoy the film!

The Proposal: A Conceptual Art Project Based on the Work of Architect Luis Barragán

This documentary follows conceptual artist Jill Magid as she develops a radical project to explore artistic legacy. At its heart is the work of the Pritzker Prize-winning Mexican architect Luis Barragan, which is aggressively "protected" and kept from the public by its copyright holders.

By cultivating relationships with Barragan's family, admirers, institutions, and the rights holders--including extensive correspondence with the director of the Barragan Foundation--Magid consequently constructs a thoughtful love story between the director, herself, and the architect.

Running Time: 86 mins
Year: 2018
Filmmaker: Jill Magid

Organized by: Washington Architectural Foundation

Film courtesy of: Kanopy

Kanopy partners with public libraries and universities to stream entertainment without fees or commercials. You can watch everything from documentaries to instructional films to mainstream movies. Each month your library offers a limited number of play credits - that’s one credit per film to watch for free! Kanopy also provides free-credit viewing selections and, if you’re a parent, there is an entire section dedicated to kids.