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Mud Frontier: Architecture at the Borderlands is a feature-length documentary about Studio Rael San Fratello’s work to connect contemporary technology with the legacy of pottery making and adobe architecture in the Southwest United States. On his ancestral land in southern Colorado, designer Ronald Rael along with his partner Virginia San Fratello 3D-print monumental structures in mud, pushing the limits of technology and materials, while uncovering a dark history along the way. 

Join film director Chris J. Gauthier, associate curator of Latino design Christina L. De León, along with Studio Rael San Fratello founders Ronald Rael and Virginia San Fratello for a virtual conversation about the film following its premiere at the virtual Architecture and Design Film Festival, which will be made available to the public to watch free of charge. A live Q & A will follow. 


This free program will feature a moderated panel discussion followed by an audience Q&A hosted through Zoom, with the option to dial in as well. Details will be emailed to you upon registration. This program includes closed captioning. For general questions or if we can provide additional accessibility services or accommodations to support your participation in this program, please email us at CHEducation@si.edu or let us know when registering.

The documentary film was produced with support from the Latino Initiative Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center.

Nov 17, 2021 08:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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