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“Albert Frey: Part 1 – The Architectural Envoy” World Premiere Film and Reception

February 18, 2018 | 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm |

$25 - $125

Ticket Types: Film Only, VIP Seating Film + Cocktail Party

Albert Frey, the unpretentious Swiss-born mid-20th century architect, aided in the introduction of Corbusian-influenced modernism to the United States and through an innate curiosity of the American landscape, developed an extraordinary design style, blending industrial techniques and a love of nature.

The first of a 2 part film series produced by Design Onscreen, this film explores Albert’s early life and work in Europe to his New York architectural accomplishments in the 1930s, including the famed Aluminaire House, the Canvas Weekend House, features of the New York Museum of Modern Art, as well as his Kocher-Samson Building in Palm Springs.

It explores his collaborative efforts with architects including Le Corbusier, A. Lawrence Kocher and John Porter Clark. The film, directed by Jake Gorst (The Nature of Modernism: E. Stewart Williams, Architect, 2014; Desert Utopia: Midcentury Architecture in Palm Springs, 2005), explains why Frey is a significant force in the story of how modernism developed in the United States prior to World War II.

Containing never-before-published archival imagery, as well as breathtaking architectural footage, and featuring a cast of notable interviewees, including architecture critic Paul Goldberger and historians Joe Rosa, Michael Schwarting, Frances Campani, Alan Hess, Sidney Williams and others, this is a film premiere not to be missed. 60 min. designonscreen.org

Following the film will be a Q+A with director, Jake Gorst, and special guests. A post-screening reception (separately ticketed) with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres catered by Jake’s Palm Springs, will be at the newly restored ‘Hidden Frey’, a 1966 tennis estate by Albert Frey, another cool renovation project by Thomboy Properties, near the old Racquet Club in Palm Springs.

As a special addition to all events at the Hidden Frey Tees + Jeans of Abbot Kinney will host a Levi’s vintage denim and custom t-shirts pop-up shop with artist Shawn Savage, whose artwork and mural is featured at the home. Guests are invited to bring their own denim or score some new goodies from the shop and have them customized on-site at the Levi Tailor Shop. Limited edition Modernism Week x Shawn Savage and event-exclusive pins and patches will also be available.


February 18, 2018
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$25 - $125
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Additional Information

Film is all ages. Reception is 21 and older.
Things to Know
World premiere screening and post-screening Q+A with director and guests are included in the 'film only' ticket. VIP film seating and post-screening cocktail reception at the "Hidden Frey Residence" is a 'film and reception' ticket, purchased separately. 21 and older for cocktail reception Post-screening cocktail reception address will be provided to ticketed guests at the Camelot Theatres.
Special Parking Instructions
There is ample free parking at the Camelot Theatres for the film screening For the post-screening cocktail reception at the "Hidden Frey Residence", complimentary valet parking provided. Post-screening cocktail reception address will be provided to ticketed guests at the Camelot Theatres.
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Ticket Types: Film Only, VIP Seating Film + Cocktail Party


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Camelot Theatres
2300 E. Baristo Road
Palm Springs, CA 92262 United States
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