Rendering of Windshield. Courtesy of Elissa Brown/National Gallery of Art

July 14, 2017 Mid-Century Modern

Film: Neutra’s Windshield House – 7/15 @ 2 pm

Go see the fascinating–and tragic–story of Richard Neutra’s first East Coast commission, the 1938 Windshield house, which was designed for the real-estate scion and art collector John Nicholas Brown II and his wife, Anne. The film by their granddaughter, Elissa Brown, uses extensive family movies showing the building of the 14,500-square-foot aluminum and steel structure on Fishers Island, New York. Elissa’s late father, J. Carter Brown, the former director of the National Gallery of Art, gives a vivid portrait before he passed away of the the building process, the house and ultimate tragedies that befell this special place. Windshield: A Vanished Vision will be screened in the National Gallery’s East Building Auditorium on Saturday, July 15 at 2 pm. Free admission. Seats are first, come first serve.