The Architect as Dictator at the Parrish

"The Architect in Conversation"
A scene from "Home," Sandy Perlbinder's satiric short film about the dynamics of architect-client relationships

“Inter-Sections: The Architect in Conversation,” an ongoing series at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, will feature a screening of “Home,” a satiric short film by Sandy Perlbinder, as a jumping off point for a panel discussion about the dynamics of architect-client relationships Friday at 6 p.m.

Ms. Perlbinder’s 1989 film, which has been shown at the Sundance Film Festival and the Hamptons International Film Festival, is the story of a famous architect who imposes his vision on an unsuspecting couple building their first home. “Home” stars John Glover as Erich Hochmann, whose arrogance extends beyond his students and associates to his wealthy, ambitious clients. 

Ms. Perlbinder, a producer of award-wining commercials and films, was inspired by her own experiences as a young client. “The film is a send-up of postmodernist/deconstructivist architecture,” Ms. Perlbinder said in a 1994 New York magazine article about Norman Jaffe. “It’s about a tyrannical architect who forces a young couple to live in an unlivable house, while he goes home at night to a comfortable Victorian house.”

The eight-minute film will be followed by a discussion among the Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Goldberger, a longtime architecture critic for The New York Times and contributing editor at Vanity Fair; James Merrell, an architect who studied under the noted architect Peter Eisenman and who leads his own firm in Sag Harbor; Dr. Robert Stein, a Sag Harbor psychoanalyst and family therapist and three-time appointee to the Sag Harbor Village Board, and Terrie Sultan, the museum’s director.

Tickets are $12, free for members and students.