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Xmas Meier and Gehry's Vertigo 

When: Thu., Dec. 3, 7 p.m. 2015
Price: $10

XMAS MEIER AND GEHRY'S VERTIGO

THURSDAY, DEC. 3, RALEIGH

HUNT LIBRARY AT N.C. STATE—Architecture can be a lofty enterprise in multiple senses of the term. The tallest towers often wind up being inhabited by the same wealthy souls that conceived of and constructed them. A pair of films screening in the MoHo Realty Architecture Movie Series take a look at the more populist consequences of monumental building after the ribbon is cut. If you've ever admired the soaring glasswork of Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, meet the laborers who maintain that perilous, undulant gleam in Gehry's Vertigo (2013, 45 min.), a portrait of the Guggenheim's window washers with vertiginous GoPro footage. Meanwhile, Xmas Meier (2013, 37 min.) surveys the charged reactions of a working-class suburb of Rome to a church built by renowned modernist Richard Meier. Together, the documentaries chart the fractures that emerge in the hermetic ideals of visionary architects when they crash into reality. 7:30 p.m., $10 (first 100 N.C. State students free), 1070 Partners Way, Raleigh, 919-515-7110, www.ncmodernist.org. —Brian Howe

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