Barry Bergdoll is Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History at Columbia University and a curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. A specialist in the history of modern architecture, he curated numerous exhibitions at MoMA, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, the Musée d’Orsay, and other venues, including Mies In Berlin (2001), Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling (2008), Bauhaus 1919–1933: Workshops for Modernity (2009-2010), Rising Currents: Projects for New York’s Waterfront (2010) Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Light (2013) Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955-1980 (2015) and Frank Lloyd Wright at 150 : Unpacking the Archive (2017). He edited most, with Jonathan Massey, Marcel Breuer: Building Global Institutions (2017), and is the author of numerous publications, including European Architecture 1750-1890 (2000).
He has served as the President of the Society of Architectural Historians and currently as the President of the Center for Architecture in New York. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Science and an honorary fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects. He has also held numerous guest professorships, notably at Harvard University, MIT, and the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. He has been a fellow at the Institut national d’histoire de l’art (National Institute of Art History) in Paris and at the American Academy in Berlin. He holds a BA and a PhD from Columbia University and an MA from King’s College, Cambridge.
This lecture is supported by the James A.D. Cox Distinguished Lecture endowment.