Here's hoping that locals' familiarity with the Gateway Arch will also serve as a gateway to the revolutionary work of its father, Eero Saarinen, one of the most forward-thinking architects of the last 100 years. Counted among Saarinen's achievements are the swooping terminals at New York's J.F.K. and Washington's Dulles international airports, but Saarinen was also a renowned industrial designer. His Tulip Chair is considered a milestone of modern design, and its popularity in American homes went through the roof when the original Star Trek series' command bridge was outfitted with them. Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future, a career-spanning exhibition of materials from the Saarinen archives, features conceptual drawings, architectural models of 50 projects, press clippings and photographs that trace the trajectory of his life and work. The opening reception for Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future takes place from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, January 30, at the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum at Washington University (Forsyth and Skinker boulevards; 314-935-4523 or kemperartmuseum.wustl.edu). The museum is open every day except Tuesday, and the exhibit will be on display through Monday, April 27.
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Mondays, Wednesdays-Sundays. Starts: Jan. 30. Continues through April 27, 2009