Barry Bergdoll

J.P. Morgan Fellow - Class of Spring 2005

The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design, Museum of Modern Art; and Professor of Art History, Columbia University

American Academy Project: Building with Time: Natural History's Romantic Architectural Culture, 1790-1850
Current Institution Affiliation: Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Current Location: New York


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. Holding a BA from Columbia, an MA from King’s College, Cambridge, and a PhD from Columbia, his broad interests center on modern architectural history with a particular emphasis on France and Germany since 1800. 
Bergdoll has organized, curated, and consulted on many landmark exhibitions of 19th and 20th-century architecture including “Building Collections: Recent Acquisitions of Architecture” opening at MoMA in November 2010; “Rising Currents: Projects for New York’s Waterfront” at MoMA (through October 11, 2010); “Bauhaus 1919-1933: Workshops for Modernity” at MoMA (2009-10); “Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling” at MoMA (2008); “Lost Vanguard: Soviet Modernist Architecture, 1922–32” at MoMA (2007); "Mies in Berlin" at MoMA (2001), with Terence Riley; "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, Montreal (1989).  
He is author or editor of numerous 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); and Lẻon Vaudoyer: Historicism in the Age of Industry; and European Architecture 1750-1890, both in the Oxford History of Art series. An edited volume, Fragments: Architecture and the Unfinished, was published by Thames and Hudson in 2006. He served as President of the Society of Architectural Historians from 2006 to 2008. His article "Reconstruction Doubts," on rebuilding Schinkel's Bauakedmie on the Berliner Schlossplatz, appeared in the
spring 2005 issue of the Berlin Journal. Photo: © 2005 Mike Minehan

American Academy Project

Building with Time: Natural History's Romantic Architectural Culture, 1790-1850

Selected Works

Bauhaus 1919–1933: Workshops for Modernity (with Leah Dickerman, Benjamin Buchloh, and Brigid Doherty), exhibition catalog (Museum of Modern Art, 2009-2010) Fragments: Architecture and the Unfinished co-edited with Werner Oechslin (Thames and Hudson, 2006)