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Friday, March 16, 2012

My Architect: A Son’s Journey documents Louis Kahn's life

Posted By on Fri, Mar 16, 2012 at 10:15 AM

In 1974, a man was found dead in a Penn Station restroom, his body left unidentified for days. This man was the renowned architect Louis Kahn. Despite being highly respected in his field, many of the people who Kahn crossed paths with felt his death was sadly fitting to the secretive life he led. Just a few of his scandalous achievements included fathering children with three different women along with a rumor that he once had a fling with Swedish beauty Ingrid Bergman. Doesn't it sound like a movie script?

The intimate details of his personal life remained much of a mystery until his son Nathaniel wrote, produced, and directed My Architect: A Son’s Journey. The documentary — screening as part of the Architecture + Film Series at Bechtler Museum of Modern Art tonight — attempts to project the real Louis Kahn, through the eyes of his son Nathaniel who sought out other folks from his father's life to fill in the gaps.

A short presentation will precede the screening. Tickets include access to museum galleries, light bites and one drink ticket. $15. March 16, 6 p.m. Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, 420 S. Tryon St. 704-353-9200. www.bechtler.org. — Tricia Bangit

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