SAF Film: "Face of a Nation: What Happened to the World's Fair?" with Mina Chow

  • Friday, January 18, 2019
  • 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Ringling College of Art + Design, Larry R. Thompson Academic Center Auditorium, 2363 Old Bradenton Road, Sarasota FL 34234


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"Face of a Nation: What Happened to the World's Fair?" (2017) - For generations of Americans, World's Fairs captured visions of hope for the future as part of their collective memory. Mina Chow became fascinated with World's Fairs when she saw pictures of her parents at the 1964 New York World's Fair. Beginning with their stories, Mina shares their legacy and American values that inspired her to become an architect. She is excited to go to the 1st World's Fair in China. With over 73 million visitors, the Shanghai World Expo breaks all attendance records for any event in human history. But what she discovers there not only destroys her confidence as an American architect; it is symptomatic of a country that has lost its way. Her dream destroyed Mina begins a search for answers - to find out what happened to the vision of World's Fairs and also - what happened to America.

HSW Credits (2) available for AIA Members

Mina Chow
, AIA NCARB is a licensed architect and interdisciplinary Adjunct Associate Professor at the USC School of Architecture where she teaches design, history, theory and practice, and principal of design/multi-media firm mc² SPACES. She is interested in expanding an awareness of design to the public realm, by bringing stories that reveal the process and creation of the built environment to film media; highlighting the humanity, passion and sacrifice of the process. The intent is to broaden the discourse about the essential nature of design. To show that it permeates throughout history, and it belongs to everyone. She recently completed “FACE OF A NATION: What Happened to the World’s Fair?” a documentary about the erosion of America’s international image in the loss of the World’s Fair dream. It is receiving national attention in news media and film festivals. Her awards include: 2014 Individual Grant for the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, grants from the California Architectural Foundation, USC Architectural Guild, USC US-China Institute and the USC Ambassador's Fund. She has created films for USC, and the national and local chapters of the American Institute of Architects. In 2012, she was on the award-winning U.S. Pavilion team "Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good" at the Venice Architecture Biennale. She also created BRAVE NEW WORLD about innovative architecture in the city of Los Angeles.

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Film length: 57min

HSW Credits (2) available for AIA Members

Ringling College of Art + Design
Larry R. Thompson Academic Center Auditorium
2363 Old Bradenton Road
Sarasota FL 34234

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