Barry Bergdoll

Barry Bergdoll is Meyer Schapiro Professor of art history in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University and curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, where from 2007 to 2013 he served as Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design.


Bergdoll graduated from Columbia University in 1977 and studied at King's College, Cambridge University on a Kellett Fellowship 1977-79 before returning to Columbia to complete his Ph.D in 1986.

Academic career

Bergdoll's chief interest is architectural history, particularly that of France and Germany since 1750. He studies architecture from an art historical approach, however, tying it to history, sociology, and culture. He has studied cultural representation in architecture, the evolution of architecture as a profession, and the intersections between artistic genres such as architecture and film. He has also worked on the problems of museological exhibitions of architecture. Prior to joining MoMA, Bergdoll was the chair of the Department of Art History at Columbia. In 1993, he received a grant from the Graham Foundation for study on the impact of the fall of Communism on architectural teachings in Eastern Europe and Russia.


As a curator, Bergdoll has participated in several major architectural exhibitions, including "Mies in Berlin", shown in New York, Barcelona, and Berlin (2001–03); "Le Panthéon: Symbole des Révolutions" shown in Montreal and Paris in 1989, and "Les Vaudoyers: une dynastie d'architectes" at the Musée d'Orsay in Paris in 1992. On January 1, 2007, Bergdoll succeeded Terence Riley as Chief Curator for Architecture and Design at MoMA. Among the exhibitions he has curated at MoMA since joining in January 2007 are "Lost Vanguard" (2007); "Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling," (2008) which included five full scale prefabricated or digitally fabricated houses on the vacant lot next to the Museum; "Bauhaus" (2009) with Leah Dickerman; "Rising Currents: Projects for New York's Waterfront" (2010); and "Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream" (2012) with Reinhold Martin. The exhibition "Labrouste: La Structure Mise en Lumiere" co-curated with Corine Belier of the Cite de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine and Marc LeCoeur of the Bibliothèque Nationale was shown in Paris (2012–13) and presented at the Museum of Modern Art in Spring 2013, followed by "Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes," organized with Jean-Louis Cohen. In 2012 Bergdoll was instrumental in bringing the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation archives to MoMA and Columbia; in 2014 he organized a first exhibition based on that archive: "Frank Lloyd Wright and the City," followed by a major exhibition in 2017, "Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive."

Recent works

  • Bauhaus 1919–1933: Workshops for Modernity (2009-2010)
  • Mies in Berlin (2001)
  • European Architecture 1750–1890 (2000)
  • Léon Vaudoyer: Historicism in the Age of Industry (1994)
  • Karl Friedrich Schinkel: An Architecture for Prussia (1994)

External links

Alte Kommandantur

The Alte Kommandantur is a building in the historic center of Berlin, which had been heavily damaged during World War II and destroyed in order to make room for the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of East Germany.

The original building was in the baroque style, built by architect Johann Gregor Memhardt (b. 1607, d. 1678), and enlarged in 1795, and modified again in 1873 in a neo-Renaissance style.

In 1995, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of East Germany itself was demolished in order to recreate the Werderscher Markt area.

The Alte Kommandantur was rebuilt by media conglomerate Bertelsmann and the Bertelsmann Stiftung foundation to become its joint Berlin liaison office with the prestigious address Unter den Linden 1. Since no plan was available, the building was designed based on historic pre-war photographs and testimonies. The building was completed in November 2003.

Critics of this reconstruction see it as an example of the Disneyfication of the center of Berlin.

Bronfman family

The Bronfman family is a Canadian-American Jewish family. It owes its initial fame to Samuel Bronfman (1889–1971), who made a fortune in the alcoholic distilled beverage business during the 20th century through the family's Seagram Company.The family is of Russian Jewish and Romanian Jewish ancestry; "they were originally tobacco farmers from Bessarabia". According to New York Times staff reporter Nathaniel Popper, the Bronfman family is "perhaps the single largest force in the Jewish charitable world."


Casabella is a monthly Italian architectural and product design magazine with a focus on modern, radical design and architecture. It includes interviews with the world's most prominent architects.

Henri Labrouste

Pierre-François-Henri Labrouste (French: [pjɛʁ fʁɑ̃swa ɑ̃ʁi labrust]) (11 May 1801 – 24 June 1875) was a French architect from the famous École des Beaux-Arts school of architecture. After a six-year stay in Rome, Labrouste established an architectural training workshop, which soon became known for rationalism. He became noted for his use of iron-frame construction and was one of the first to realize the importance of its use.

International Committee of Architectural Critics

The International Committee of Architectural Critics (French: Comité International des Critiques d'Architecture, Spanish: Comité Internacional de Críticos de Arquitectura - CICA) is a non-profit organization of international architecture critics, and was founded in Mexico City on October 26, 1978, during the 13th World Kongress of the Union internationale des architectes (UIA). The CICA is headquartered nearby the UIA in Paris. Paris was also the residence of Pierre Vago, who was head of the organization for years. The seat of the secretary was originally located in Buenos Aires, residence of Jorge Glusberg, but can be transferred per decret to any other place worldwide according to the residence of the chairmen.

Founding members of the CICA were Pierre Vago, Bruno Zevi, Max Blumenthal, Mildred Schmertz, Blake Huges, Jorge Glusberg, Louise Noëlle Gras de Mereles, Julius Posener and others.

Jennifer Sigler

Jennifer Sigler is an American editor, formerly based in Rotterdam. She is currently Editor in Chief at Harvard Graduate School of Design, where she oversees Harvard Design Magazine, The Incidents, and other publications.While in Rotterdam, Sigler was editor of Rem Koolhaas's seminal monograph S,M,L,XL (1995), and other works. She went on to found the Berlage Institute's journal, HUNCH, in collaboration with architect Wiel Arets, and to edit its first seven issues.Later, she collaborated with The Why Factory, a think tank at TU Delft run by Winy Maas; The Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art; Dutch Design Fashion Architecture (DutchDFA); the Rotterdamse Schouwburg; and REX Architecture; among others. From 2008—2010 she was editor and event curator of the 4th International Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam (IABR), Open City, curated by Kees Christiaanse, and co-editor of the book Open City: Designing Coexistence (SUN Publishers, 2009). She is also the recipient of a grant by the Dutch Fund for Art and Architecture for her research into Domestic Labor and Design.

Today, Sigler lives in Cambridge, MA.

Kellett Fellowship

The Euretta J. Kellett Fellowship is a prestigious prize awarded annually since 1932 to two graduating seniors a year at Columbia College, an undergraduate school of Columbia University. The prize enables up to two years of study at either Oxford or Cambridge Universities in the United Kingdom.

LaTourette House

LaTourette House is a historic home located at New Springville, Staten Island, New York. It was built in 1836 in a late Federal / early Greek Revival style. It is a large, sturdy gable roofed brick farmhouse with stone trim. In 1928 the house and 500 acres were purchased by New York City for a golf course and the house was converted to a clubhouse. The large, white "L" shaped wood porch and one story extension were added in 1936 as part of a Work Projects Administration restoration project.It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

Léon Vaudoyer

Léon Vaudoyer (French pronunciation: ​[leɔ̃ vodwaje]) (7 June 1803 – 9 February 1872) was a French architect.

Matti Suuronen

Matti Suuronen (June 14, 1933 – April 16, 2013) was a Finnish architect who is best known for making the Futuro and the Venturo houses.

Museum of Arts and Design

The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), based in Manhattan, New York City, collects, displays, and interprets objects that document contemporary and historic innovation in craft, art, and design. In its exhibitions and educational programs, the Museum celebrates the creative process through which materials are crafted into works that enhance contemporary life.

Oxford History of Art

The Oxford History of Art is a monographic series about the history of art, design and architecture published by Oxford University Press. It combines volumes covering specific periods with thematic volumes. The history is divided into histories of Western Art, Western Architecture, World Art, Western Design, Photography, Western Sculpture, Themes and Genres, and a critical anthology of art writing. The entire work consists of over 30 volumes.

Pavillon de l'Arsenal

The Pavillon de l'Arsenal is the Paris Center for architecture and urbanism, a center for urban planning and museum located in the 4th arrondissement at 21, boulevard Morland, Paris, France. It is open daily except Mondays; admission is free.

The museum building was built in 1878-1879 for Laurent-Louis Borniche, wood merchant and amateur painter, near the former site of a Celestine monastic community turned arsenal. In 1988 it became a center for documentation and exhibitions related to urban planning and the architecture of Paris.

Today the museum's activities include operating its exhibitions, publishing reference books on issues related to the daily life of Parisians, and providing a forum for individuals and authorities involved in the city's urban planning. Its permanent exhibit (800 m²) displays Parisian architecture and shows how the city has evolved. Three additional spaces are used for temporary exhibits on topics including housing in Paris, the Paris of Baron Haussmann and of private homes, projects for Paris 2012, and other aspects of French and international architecture.

Reinhold Martin

Reinhold Martin (born 1964) is an American architectural historian and professor. He currently serves as Professor of Architecture in the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University, where he directs the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture. He is also a member of the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society and the Committee on Global Thought at Columbia. Until 2008, Martin was a partner in the architectural firm Martin/Baxi Architects with Kadambari Baxi.

Rosemarie Haag Bletter

Rosemarie Haag Bletter is a German-born American architectural historian, university professor, writer, and lecturer.

Slade Professor of Fine Art

The Slade Professorship of Fine Art is the oldest professorship of art at the universities of Cambridge, Oxford and London.

Yolanda Penteado

Yolanda Penteado (1903-1983) was a Brazilian patron of the arts and member of an affluent coffee ranching family with artistic connections. Her aunt was Olívia Guedes Penteado and she was married to Ciccillo Matarazzo.

Zip-Up House

The Zip-Up House (formally Zip Up Enclosures No. 1 and 2) was designed between 1967 and 1969 by Richard Rogers and his then wife, Su Rogers (née Brumwell) for The House of Today competition, which was sponsored by DuPont. The house was never built, although the concept was later used for Richard Rogers' parents (Dr. Nino and Dada Rogers) house at 22 Parkside in Wimbledon, London.

Édouard Baldus

Édouard Baldus (June 5, 1813, Grünebach, Prussia – 1889, Arcueil) was a French landscape, architectural and railway photographer.

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