American Masters: Building China Modern



American Masters: Building China Modern
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
6:30 p.m.
Paley Center for Media
25 West 52nd Street

Screening followed by a panel discussion with:

Eugene Shirley, Producer and Originator of the Film
Anne Makepeace, Director of the Film
Sandi Pei, Son and Architectural Partner on Suzhou Museum
Moderator: Suzanne Stephens, Deputy Editor, Architectural Record

I.M. Pei, one of the most influential architects of the last half-century, returned to his Chinese homeland after seventy years, and designed a modern museum to house the antiquities of Suzhou, in the region where his forebears lived for centuries. The film follows Pei’s personal and architectural journey from west to east over the seven-and-a-half-year process of placing a modern building in the most ancient neighborhood of a 2,500-year-old city. With intimacy and immediacy, we experience the realization of Pei’s lifelong dream—and biggest challenge—a work that he ultimately defines as “my biography.”

Tickets are on sale to Architectural League and Paley Center members for $15. Non-member tickets are $25 and go on sale March 12. Architectural League members should use the code AL when ordering tickets online or on the phone for the discount. Order tickets here.

Organized by the Paley Center for Media in association with the Architectural League of New York.


I.M. Pei in Suzhou, Photo by Bing Lin, Pei Partnership Architects.