1910 – 1961

Eero Saarinen: A Reputation for Innovation exhibition is a tribute to the short and brilliant architectural career of Eero Saarinen which was bookended in the Nation’s capital with two iconic buildings: the Smithsonian Gallery of Art and Dulles International Airport. It is unique in shedding light on the little known chapter of Eero Saarinen’s secret professional life with the OSS: Office of Strategic Services, the precursor to the CIA.  It sets the work of Eero Saarinen in the context of mid-century modernism, his collaborations with Charles Eames, highlighting the contribution of Eero Saarinen to the design of modern American furniture. Eero Saarinen’s design philosophy what he called his six pillars of architecture, outline principles that are as valid today as they were more than 6 decades ago. 

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