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Documentaries. Design is One at Mfa in Boston

Documentaries. Design is One at Mfa in Boston
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Documentaries. Design is One. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. October 31-November 8, 2013. The definitive documentary about iconic design team Lella and Massimo Vignelli.

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Documentaries. Design is One by Roberto Guerra and Kathy Brew. Cover

Two of the world’s most influential designers, Lella and Massimo Vignelli’s work covers such a broad spectrum that one could say they are known by everyone, even by those who don’t know their names. Adhering to self-proclaimed motto, “If you can’t find it, design it,” their achievements in industrial and product design, graphic and publication design, corporate identity, architectural graphics, and exhibition, interior, and furniture design have earned worldwide respect and numerous international awards for over 40 years.

After Massimo brought the Helvetica typeface to America in 1965, he and Lella moved on to a diverse array of projects, including New York’s subway signage and maps; the interior of Saint Peter’s Church at Citicorp Center; Venini lamps; Heller dinnerware; furniture for Poltrona Frau; and branding for Knoll International, Bloomingdales, Saks Fifth Avenue, Ford, and American Airlines.

Luminaries from the world of design-from architects Richard Meier and Peter Eisenman to graphic designers Milton Glaser, Michael Bierut, and Jessica Helfand-bring us into the Vignellis’ world, capturing their intelligence and creativity, as well as their humanity, warmth, and humor.

Design is One (USA, 2013, 79 min., Digital) Directed and Produced by Roberto Guerra and Kathy Brew. DVD screeners and hi-res photos available upon request.

Screening Dates:

Thu, Oct 31, 7:30 pm (RA) $9, $11.

Fri, Nov 1, 5:30 pm (RA) $9, $11.

Sat, Nov 2, 1 pm (RA) $9, $11.

Sun, Nov 3, 3 pm (AA) $9, $11.

Wed, Nov 6, 5 pm (AA) $9, $11.

Thu, Nov 7, 5 pm (RA) $9, $11.

Fri, Nov 8, 5:30 pm (RA) $9, $11.

Tickets may be purchased at www.mfa.org/film, by calling the MFA Ticketing Line at 800.440.6975, or in person at any MFA ticket desk. Where two prices are listed, the first is discounted for members, seniors, and students; the second is full price.

Screenings are in Remis Auditorium (RA) in the Linde Family Wing or Alfond Auditorium (AA) in the Art of the Americas Wing. Remis Auditorium is convenient to both the Huntington and State Street Corporation Fenway entrances. Alfond is accessed most easily from the Fenway entrance.

The Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Film Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, is funded by the Carl and Ruth Shapiro Family Foundation.

Film at the MFA is sponsored by Bank of America.

Also made possible with endowment support from the Katharine Stone White Film Fund, the Museum Film Program Endowment Fund, the Dean W. Freed Fund, the Marilyn and Selwyn Kudisch Endowed Fund for the Benefit of the Film Program, the MFA Associates and MFA Senior Associates Fund for Film and Video, and the Margaret L. Hargrove Fund. A gift from an anonymous Friend of Film makes program notes for select events possible. Visits by film and video artists are made possible by the Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation Fund and by The Lowell Institute.

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