Visual Acoustics

Yes, the buildings captured by architectural photographer Julius Shulman are stunningly beautiful, but try not to let that distract you from the real point: He was, above all, a humanist who was drawn to modern architecture for its ability to make life better for individuals and society. “Julius was a complete pragmatist, and he saw that in that type of design work,”says Austin-based filmmaker Eric Bricker, director of Visual Acoustics. The film, a documentary on Shulman, is a festival favorite, and it was narrated by Dustin Hoffman.

Shulman, who died just last year at age 98, is world-famous for photographing many of the most important buildings of the 20th century. While Shulman’s gorgeous body of work always bears revisiting, it’s the story of the man himself that is this film’s most important addition to the conversation on modernism. The director, who considered Shulman a mentor and a friend, is rapturous about his subject. 7 p.m. Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday. 14 Pews, 800 Aurora. For information, call 281-888-9677 or visit www.14pews.org. $8.
Sat., Feb. 5, 7:30 p.m., 2011

 
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