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Barry Bergdoll

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.

Bergdoll has organized, curated and consulted on several landmark exhibitions of 19th and 20th-century architecture at MoMA, including Building Collections: Recent Acquisitions of Architecture; Rising Currents: Projects for New York’s Waterfront; Bauhaus 1919-1933: Workshops for Modernity; Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling; Lost Vanguard: Soviet Modernist Architecture, 1922–32; and Mies in Berlin, co-curated with Terence Riley. Other exhibition include Breuer in Minnesota, at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (2002); Les Vaudoyer: Une Dynastie d'Architectes, at the Musée D'Orsay, Paris (1991); and Ste. Geneviève/Pantheon; Symbol of Revolutions, in Paris and at the Canadian Centre for Architecture (1989).

He is author or editor of many publications including Bauhaus 1919-1933: Workshops for Modernity (winner of the 2010 Award for Outstanding Exhibition Catalogue, Association of Art Museum Curators); Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling (winner of the 2010 Philip Johnson Book Award, Society of Architectural Historians); Mies in Berlin (winner of the 2002 Philip Johnson Book Award, Society of Architectural Historians and AICA Best Exhibition Award, 2002); Karl Friedrich Schinkel: An Architecture for Prussia (winner of the 1995 AIA Book Award); Lẻon Vaudoyer: Historicism in the Age of Industry; and European Architecture 1750-1890, in the Oxford History of Art series. He served as president of the Society of Architectural Historians from 2006 to 2008.

Photo credit: Robin Holland.

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Posts by Barry Bergdoll

PLACES: The Art of Advocacy: The Museum as Design Laboratory (09.16.11)