Architect Michael Graves: A Grand Tour
re-aired Friday, June 12, 2015.
About the Program
Premiered: September 23, 2012
In the world of architecture, terms such as “classical,” “modern” and “postmodern” signify much more than just visual styles. They represent entire schools of thought, vital worldviews, and best of all, great stories.
The career and work of architect Michael Graves offers us a window into this world — and an opportunity to understand how these important movements came about. Graves’ story is very much the story of architecture in the 20th century.
Main Library of Topeka and Shawnee County.
In Architect Michael Graves: A Grand Tour, host Geoffrey Baer takes us on a voyage through Graves’ career and the influences that shaped him, from his early days studying in Rome to the life-altering events of 2003 — events that changed his personal perspective and brought about a new kind of professional achievement.
Geoffrey Baer is an Emmy Award winning producer for WTTW Chicago best known as the host and writer of WTTW’s popular Chicago-area tour programs such as Chicago by Boat, Chicago’s Loop and Chicago’s Lakefront.
Visit the documentary's website to:
- Learn more about Graves's architectural contributions with an interactive timeline.
- Watch exclusive interviews with American architects.
- What is Postmodernism? Find out about the period between Roman temples and functional skyscrapers.
- Explore Graves' works through images, video and text.
- Find resources about architecture, American architects and more.