Melbourne / Lecture : The challenges and potentials of architecture in the gallery

Public Lecture: Prof. Barry Bergdoll

Dates: Thursday, 11 September 2014 – 7:00pm
Location:  Harold White Theatre, Level 2, 757 Swanston Street, The University of Melbourne

At Home in the Museum? The challenges and potentials of architecture in the gallery

Professor Barry Bergdoll, Meyer Schapiro Professor of Modern Architectural History at Columbia University, will outline how the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York has attempted to address the traversing of an unexpected set of economic, social and environmental challenges in which the centrality of design professions has become manifestly clear, even as larger forces – in which designers are too often complicit – act to marginalize the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning, design and the arts. Having worked side-by-side with professionals, Professor Bergdoll is more than ever convinced that a cooperative, multidisciplinary approach is fundamental to the future vitality of the field – and essential if designers are to contribute to solving the enormous problems of our day. He will show how MoMA has been trying to discover meaningful positions and prospects even as practitioners have been jolted into discussion about just where the moral compass should be set.

Barry Bergdoll is a curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art, where from 2007 to 2013 he served as The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design.

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