An international consortium of Finnish and American scholars and curators was assembled to bring different perspectives to Saarinen's work and to identify resonances between mid-century culture and that of today. The emphasis has been the global relevance of Saarinen's work.
Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future project was launched in 2002 after the announcement that Saarinen's former collaborator, Kevin Roche, had donated to Yale Manuscripts and Archives the architect's complete archives. The Project is the first public unveiling of these archives, the largest repository of Saarinen-related material in the world. In addition to featuring Yale's Saarinen Archive, the exhibition and catalog draw also upon other rich collections at such institutions as the Cranbrook Archives in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; The Canadian Center for Architecture in Montréal, Québec; the Museum of Finnish Architecture; Museum of Modern Art; the Smithsonian Institution and the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.; and the corporate archives of Saarinen's clients.
During the research period, the team convened four times: twice at Yale, and respectively once at Cranbrook and in Helsinki, Finland. In addition to these collective research meetings, individual team members made independent trips to research the various archival sources with relevant Saarinen material. The work of the research team was further supported by the oral history interviews of Saarinen's colleagues, clients and family conducted by the KDN Films.
The researchers have worked in close collaboration with the Yale University Manuscripts and Archives. The researchers and the project team have also made use of the remarkable Saarinen collection in the Cranbrook Arcives. The Archives at Yale have contributed to the project by giving the research team access to the Eero Saarinen material that is currently being processed and catalogued and by helping to scan and photograph the research material. The Yale University Manuscripts and Archives has received a special grant from the Getty Foundation for processing the materials. Cranbrook Archives contributed significantly to the research on Eero Saarinen's early work. Both Yale and Cranbrook Archives have generously lent original material to the exhibition.
, Director of Research Team, Assistant Professor, Yale School of Architecture
, Assistant Professor in the Department of Art History at Yale University
, Professor of Design and Culture, University of Art and Design, Helsinki
, Assistant Professor at Columbia School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
, Chief Curator, Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Jennifer Komar Olivarez
, Assistant Curator, Minneapolis Institute of Arts
, Doctoral candidate, curator Kunsthalle Helsinki
, Director of the Research Department, Museum of Finnish Architecture
Susan Gail Johnson
Leslie S. Edwards
, Archivist, Cranbrook Archives
, Archivist of the Eero Saarinen Collection Manuscripts and Archives, Sterling Memorial Library Yale University