Meet Daring Architects Behind the 10 Buildings that Changed America
10 Buildings that Changed America, a new special about ten influential American buildings that changed the way we live, work, and play, airs this week on KET.
The program was shot on location from Massachusetts to Los Angeles, and features rare archival images, distinctive animation, and interviews with some of the nation’s most insightful historians and architects, including Frank Gehry and Robert Venturi.
“You may not have heard of all ten of these buildings, but their influence is all around you,” says Baer. “There’s a good chance that these revolutionary works of architecture inspired your local city hall or library, the mall where you shop, the office building or factory where you work, and maybe even your own house,” he added.
10 Buildings that Changed America is a journey that takes viewers inside these groundbreaking works of art and engineering and reveals the shocking, funny, and even sad stories of how these buildings came to be.
Buildings explored include the glorious Trinity Church, designed as “an envelope” for the voice of Rector Phillips Brooks, best known today as the writer of “O Little Town of Bethlehem”. Also featured is the Highland Park Ford Plant, designed by Jewish architect Albert Kahn, whose partnership with Henry Ford flourished despite Ford’s anti-Semitic writings. The program explores how their construction had consequences —some unintended —on cities and communities across the country.
Ultimately, the program is a journey inside the imaginations of a group of architects who dared to create these influential structures.
• Monday, May 13 at 9/8 pm CT on KET
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New KET Resource Explores the Civil War
A State Divided: Exploring the Civil War Through Images includes 75 fascinating images related to the Civil War in Kentucky, ranging from medals and photographs to portraits and weapons.
A zooming feature of the Web version allows a detailed view of each image, and images are accompanied by extensive background information for Civil War buffs and extras for teachers and students. There's also a mobile version.
This resource was produced as a partnership of the Kentucky Historical Society and KET. The goal is to provide images of artworks, artifacts, photographs, and source documents that can be used to teach social studies and arts and humanities.
May 17 is the anniversary of the birth of composer Éric Satie. Satie was born in 1866 in Normandy, France.
He went on to become a colorful and influential figure in the Parisian avante-garde of the early 20th century.
Satie's eccentric, impressionistic works are considered precursors to later artistic movements such as minimalism, repetitive music, and the Theater of the Absurd.
His most famous composition was the Gymnopédies, a series of three piano works published beginning in 1888.
Satie was also one of the first musicians to perform a cameo appearance in a film. He was seen in the 1924 film, Entr’acte, by the French filmmaker René Clair.
Satie died in 1925.
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State of the Art
The 34th Annual MainStrasse Village Maifest, takes place May 17-19 in Covington. Maifest is based on the German tradition of welcoming the first spring wines.
The assortment of arts and crafts and German and international foods and beverages becomes the main course to attract approximately 125,000 area families and regional travelers.