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Opening Night with Utah Premiere of Visual Acoustics

thumb_VA_SLCUtah Heritage Foundation kicked off our fourth annual Utah Preservation Conference with the Utah premiere of Eric Bricker's documentary Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman.  The film, along with an introduction and question and answer period with Mr. Bricker, the film's director, screened at the Salt Lake City Main Library Auditorium on April 29 at 7 PM.   Previous to the screening, at 6:30 PM, we announced and displayed the winning photographs from our "For the Love of MOD" Mid-Century Modern Photography Contest.  Opening Night festivities were free and open to the public.  Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, Visual Acoustics celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman, the world's greatest architectural photographer, whose images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream.  Good news if you missed the Utah premiere, though.  At our panel discussion, Eric Bricker announced the film had it's television premiere on May 24 at 6 PM MDT on the Sundance Channel.  The film was also released on DVD that day, and is available for purchase now. Click below for the movie trailer, more information about the film, Julius Shulman, and our Utah Preservation Conference.

julius Shulman, who passed away in 2009, captured the work of nearly every modern and progressive architect since the 1930s including Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, John Lautner and Frank Gehry. His images epitomized the singular beauty of Southern California's modernist movement and brought its iconic structures to the attention of the general public. This unique film is both a testament to the evolution of modern architecture and a joyful portrait of the magnetic, whip-smart gentleman who chronicled it with his unforgettable images.

Visual Acoustics won the Mercedes-Benz Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Austin Film Festival, the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the Lone Star International Film Festival and Outstanding Achievement in Documentary Filmmaking at the Newport Beach Film Festival.

About Julius Shulman (1910 – 2009)

oz_kaufmannPhotographer of architecture, naturalist, educator, and commentator on urban form. One of the leading architectural photographers of the 20th century, Shulman developed close association with the modernist architects, principally those active in Southern California such as Gregory Ain, John Lautner, Richard Neutra, and R.M. Schindler. Shulman's images played a major role in crafting the image of the Los Angeles and "Southern California lifestyle" to the rest of the nation and world during the 1950s and 1960s. A prolific author, consultant, lecturer, exhibitor, and editor of his own vast archive, Shulman remained active up until his passing away in July of 2009.

Funding for the Opening Night of Utah Preservation Conference provided by:


Utah Humanities Council


Poliform Salt Lake City

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