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Until he retired from lecturing in 2008, Vincent Scully was one of those professors who earned a standing ovation from his class at the end of the semester. The influence of Scully, a Yale art historian specializing in architecture, can be seen around the world in the buildings designed by the architects he championed and the critics he shaped in nearly seven decades of teaching. Filmmaker Edgar B. Howard pays homage to Scully and the adherents he inspired in Vincent Scully: An Art Historian Among Architects. Though Scully is an avowed hellenophile—he vehemently opposed the 1963 demolition of the original Penn Station—his teachings and writings championed many modernist architects, including Louis I. Kahn and Robert Venturi, whose Freedom Plaza dominates several blocks downtown. Among critics, Scully’s best-known student is The New Yorker’s Paul Goldberger, who said at a 1999 tribute at the National Building Museum that “learning that architecture matters is really the greatest lesson anyone can take from Vince.”
The film screens and Howard speaks at 7 p.m. as part of the Environmental Film Festival at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. $10. (202) 639-1700.