Installation view of the exhibition, “Rising Currents: Projects for New York's Waterfront.” Full credit below.

POSTPONED - DISCUSSIONS Series Lecture: Barry Bergdoll

October 26, 2018
Kemp Auditorium, Givens Hall

PLEASE NOTE: This lecture is being RESCHEDULED for Spring 2019. Check back for the new date and time.

Barry Bergdoll will deliver a lecture titled Activating the Museum: Reflections on Architecture in the Gallery as part of DISCUSSIONS in Architectural History and Theory. He is the Meyer Schapiro Professor of Modern Architectural History at Columbia University and Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art, where from 2007-2013 he served as The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design.

At MoMA, Bergdoll has organized, curated, and consulted on several major exhibitions of 19th and 20th-century architecture, including “Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive” (2017), “Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980” (2015) and “Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Light” (2013).

Bergdoll is author or editor of numerous publications, including Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980 (with Carlos Eduardo Comas, Jorge Francisco Liernur, and Patricio del Real; 2015); Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Light (with Corinne Bélier and Marc Le Coeur, 2012); Bauhaus 1919-1933: Workshops for Modernity (with Leah Dickerman, 2010); Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling (2008); Mies in Berlin (2001); Karl Friedrich Schinkel: An Architecture for Prussia (1994); Léon Vaudoyer: Historicism in the Age of Industry (1994); and European Architecture 1750-1890, in the Oxford History of Art series (2001).

Bergdoll served as President of the Society of Architectural Historians from 2006-2008, Slade Professor of Fine Art at Cambridge University in winter 2011, and in 2013 delivered the 62nd A.W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and an honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

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Coordinated by Eric Mumford, the Rebecca and John Voyles Professor of Architecture, and Igor Marjanović, professor of architecture, the DISCUSSIONS series is aimed at provoking advanced conversations on research in architectural history and theory.

Image credit

Installation view of the exhibition, “Rising Currents: Projects for New York's Waterfront,” March 24, 2010–October 11, 2010, The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo: Thomas Griesel.