Summer Film Night: Defining Expertise: The Design of 19th-century Shaker Communities

  • Date

    Friday, July 02 2021

  • Time

    8:00pm - 8:45pm

  • Location

    Virtual

What is it about the Shakers and the design of their communities that continues to captivate us today? What defines “Shaker?” Austerity, utility, beauty, and exceptional craft—architecture and design of material culture. A foundation of American design. 

Featuring fascinating interviews with Hancock Shaker Village curator Sarah Margolis-Pineo, Shaker gallerist John Keith Russell, and Hamilton College Director and Curator of Special Collections and Archives Christian Goodwillie, this film explores where this remarkable aesthetic and dedication to handcraft came from, what nurtured it, and what helped it evolve, with some history of the Shakers—their beliefs, culture, and craft. 

Run Time: 40 min 

Year: 2020 

Directed by: Maisie Haft 

Produced by: Design Miami/ and ICYMI Productions in collaboration with Hancock Shaker Village and John Keith Russell Antiques 

Presented by: eBay


Available on YouTube and Vimeo. You may need to set up an account and/or rent to view this film on the host site. Links to the film provided in the registration confirmation email.


Organized by: Washington Architectural Foundation

This program is part of Summer Film Nights, a weekly film pick showcasing architecture, design, or urbanism all summer long. Grab some popcorn, get comfy, and enjoy the film!