Modernism + Film | Frank Gehry: Building Justice

Modernism + Film | Frank Gehry: Building Justice




Tonight's Modernism + Film screening of Frank Gehry: Building Justice* has been canceled due to winter weather.

Ticket holders may request refunds or ticket exchanges to future Modernism + Film screenings by contacting our admissions desk at 704.353.9209 or by contacting Daniel Ferrulli, Director of Programming and Public Engagement, at 

*By popular demand, the documentary, Frank Gehry: Building Justice, will be featured again during our 2020 - 2021 Modernism + Film series. The complete film schedule will be released early July. 

Frank Gehry: Building Justice

Architect Frank Gehry, and philanthropist George Soros, wanted to look at what it would mean to re-design the American prison for a time in the future, a time of low incarceration in the United States.

Frank recognized that he was was never going to be commissioned to design an actual prison. Instead, he and Soros decided to get the dialogue started by running a master’s classes the Southern California Institute of Architecture and the Yale School of Architecture with the students tackling the difficult and complex social, political and aesthetic issues behind incarceration and prison design. Frank and the students were guided in part by social justice organization Impact Justice. The film, Frank Gehry: Building Justice examines both the criminal justice system and the issue of prison design through the students’ point of view, as they look into the future of American incarceration policy.

In the film, Frank Gehry, with faculty from Yale and SCI-Arc, and the students themselves, explore the issues with Susan Burton, who, before becoming the leading advocate for prison reform was herself incarcerated over the course of two decades.

Also in the film are James Forman, Professor of Law at Yale Law School, architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, architect Greg Lynn, poet, writer and Yale law lecturer Dwayne Betts, Chris Stone, who was president of the Open Society Foundations, and Lenny Noisette, Director of the Justice Program at the Open Society Foundations, and Alex Busansky, president of Impact Justice.


An event reception with a cash-only bar and free light bites begins at 6 p.m. in the Bechtler lobby followed by the presentation and film screening at 7 p.m. in the Wells Fargo Auditorium.


Tickets are $10 for the public, $8 for museum members and $5 for students (Student tickets may be purchased at the door or by phone. Must present student ID to claim). Buy tickets online, tickets may also be purchased by phone at 704.353.9200 or at the admissions desk. View the full 2019-'20 Modernism + Film lineup here.

Watch the trailer for Frank Gehry: Building Justice below.

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