Architecture You Love                                   
The 2014-2015 MODTriangle Architecture Movie Series

Series Sponsors Include: 

three more available

All tickets are $10 at the door.  Mod Squad members get in free until capacity is reached. 
What that means is, get there early!  Please note that this year, locations change each month.

The Competition (2013) Poster

Wednesday, October 1, 730pm
2013 - The Competition (75 minutes)
Location:  Raleigh TBA

This fascinating documentary focuses on the politics and the power struggles in an architectural competition between five world- renowned "starchitects" – Jean Nouvel, Frank Gehry, Dominique Perrault, Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster – to beat the competition for a nearly-forgotten Andorran National Museum of Art, still yet to be built.

Sponsorship Available
Unfinished Spaces (2011) Poster

Wednesday, November 5, 730pm
2011 - Unfinished Spaces (86 min)
Full Frame Theatre, American Tobacco Complex, Durham

In 1961, three young, visionary architects were commissioned by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara to create Cuba's National Art Schools on the grounds of a former golf course in Havana, Cuba. Construction of their radical designs began immediately and the school's first classes soon followed. Dancers, musicians and artists from all over the country reveled in the beauty of the schools, but as the dream of the Revolution quickly became a reality, construction was abruptly halted and the architects and their designs were deemed irrelevant. Forty years later the schools are in use but remain unfinished and decaying. Castro  invited the exiled architects back to finish their unrealized dream.

Sponsorship Available

Wednesday, December 3, 730pm

1949 - The Fountainhead (114 minutes)
Location:  Raleigh TBA

The classic film about the idealism of architecture vs the realities of architecture.  Starring Gary Cooper and Patricia Neal, the film has what are now some funny and awkward moments -- which we'll be enhancing MST3K-style with special guest, comedian and former Milton Small homeowner and Raleigh native Frank King.


Sponsored by:  Adam Carrington of Carrington Electric LLC, specializing in wiring and power solutions for new and existing Modernist houses

Wednesday, January 7, 730pm

2003 - Calatrava: God Does Not Throw Dice (75 minutes)
Location:  Full Frame Theatre, American Tobacco Complex, Durham

Santiago Calatrava's early career was largely dedicated to bridges and railway stations, designs that elevated the status of civil engineering projects to international fame. In addition, his 1991 Montjuic Communications Tower in Barcelona, Spain at the Olympics site and 1992 Allen Lambert Galleria in Toronto, Canada led to a wide range of commissions. The 2001 Quadracci Pavilion at the Milwaukee Art Museum was his first building in the US.  Calatrava's entry into high-rise design began with an innovative 54-story-high twisting tower called Turning Torso (2005) in Malmö, Sweden.  He finished a huge complex of public buildings and museums started by Félix Candela in Valencia, Spain, with enormous cost overruns.  Calatrava designed a futuristic train station at the rebuilt NY World Trade Center which will open in 2015, six years behind schedule, at a cost of twice the original budget.  Calatrava claims to follow a tradition of Spanish modernist engineering that included Candela, Antonio Gaudí, and Rafael Guastavino.  Some architecture critics, however, see his work as a continually over-budget continuation of Eero Saarinen.  You decide.

Trailer coming soon.

Sponsored by: 

Center Studio Architecture, the architects behind the recently announced Jack Tar renovation, aka the Oprah Building.

Wednesday, February 4, 730pm
2007 - Fully Awake:  Black Mountain College (75 minutes)
Location:  Full Frame Theatre, American Tobacco Complex, Durham

Hidden in the mountains of Western North Carolina, Black Mountain College (1933 - 1957) was an influential experiment in education that inspired and shaped twentieth century American art. This is a documentary film that explores the college's radical approach to arts education. Learn how the confluence of this diverse community came together to create a unique educational model. Through narration, archive photography, and interviews with students, teachers, historians, and current artists, the movie investigates the development of this very special place; the site of Buckminster Fuller's first geodesic dome, John Cage's first 'happening', and the Black Mountain Review, and how its collaborative curriculum inspired innovations that would change the very definition of "art."

Sponsored by:


Movies are subject to change.  Proceeds benefit NCMH's documentation, preservation,
and promotion work.  For questions, contact George Smart at 919.740.8407.