Lecture #4: Better Futures: Exhibitions between Reform and Avant-Garde

From the Six-Part Series, Out of Site in Plain View: A History of Exhibiting Architecture since 1750, Barry Bergdoll, Lecture #4 is entitled Better Futures: Exhibitions between Reform and Avant-Garde.

Barry Bergdoll is the Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art and professor of modern architectural history at Columbia University. He holds a BA and a PhD from Columbia and an MA from King’s College, Cambridge. His interests center on modern architectural history with an emphasis on France and Germany since 1800.

He has organized many major exhibitions on nineteenth– and twentieth–century architecture. At MoMA these include Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream, with Reinhold Martin (2012); 194X–9/11: American Architects and the City (2011–2012); Rising Currents: Projects for New York’s Waterfront (2010); Bauhaus 1919–1933: Workshops for Modernity, with Leah Dickerman (2009–2010); Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling (2008); Lost Vanguard: Soviet Modernist Architecture, 1922–32 (2007); and Mies in Berlin, with Terence Riley (2001). He was also guest curator for Les Vaudoyer: Une Dynastie d’architectes (Musee d’Orsay, Paris, 1991) and Ste. Genevieve/Pantheon: Symbol of Revolutions (in Paris and at the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal, 1989).

For several of these he edited or coedited prizewinning catalogues: Bauhaus 1919–1933: Workshops for Modernity (Outstanding Exhibition Catalogue, Association of Art Museum Curators, 2010); Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling (Philip Johnson Book Award, Society of Architectural Historians, 2010); and Mies in Berlin (Philip Johnson Book Award, SAH, and Best Exhibition Award, International Association of Art Critics, 2002). His other scholarly publications include Karl Friedrich Schinkel: An Architecture for Prussia (1994; winner of the American Institute of Architects Book Award, 1995); Leon Vaudoyer: Historicism in the Age of Industry (1994); and European Architecture 1750–1890 (2000), in the Oxford History of Art series. An edited volume, Fragments: Architecture and the Unfinished, was published in 2006. He served as chairman of the art history and archaeology department at Columbia from 2004 to 2007 and president of the SAH from 2006 to 2008. He was Slade Professor of Fine Arts at Cambridge in 2011.


Event Details:

  • When: 

    Sunday, April 28, 2013
    2:00 pm

  • Where: 

    NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART - Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts
    6th Street & Constitution Avenue NW
    Washington, DC

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