The next Utzon Lecture will be delivered by Professor Barry
Bergdoll, the Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History and Archaeology at
Columbia University, at the UNSW on September 17.
Also the former chief curator of Architecture and Design at New
York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Professor Bergdoll will explain how MoMA
became a powerful advocate for better architecture and urban design.
Having built an excellent reputation as a creator of compelling and
innovative exhibitions about architectural history and its great names, as well
as an agitator for better architecture and urban design in future, Professor
Bergdoll believes art museums can be much more than storehouses for
masterpieces of the past and showcases for contemporary art; they can be
powerful catalysts for real-world change.
In his Utzon lecture at UNSW’s Faculty of Built Environment, Professor
Bergdoll will focus on MoMA’s role in housing reform and social planning in the
United States; how the museum has raised awareness about the effects of climate
change on urban environments; and its plans for future exhibitions and
workshops that will examine the consequences of large-scale income disparity in
rapidly expanding cities.
The Utzon Lecture, ‘Architecture in the Museum: The Art of Advocacy will
be delivered on Wednesday 17 September, 6.30-7.30pm at the Keith Burrows
Lecture Theatre, UNSW Kensington campus. Entry is free; however, registration
is essential at www.be.unsw.edu.au/utzon-lecture-series/utzon/2014.