Barry Bergdoll discusses Latin American Architecture in Rio de Janeiro

July 17, 2015

Barry Bergdoll, Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University and Curator of Architecture at the Museu of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, came to Rio de Janeiro for a week in July. Professor Bergdoll came to explore the archives of Instituto Moreira Salles, Brazil's largest private-owned archives.

Professor Bergdoll is interested in the depiction of modern Brazilian buildings in photography, and particularly in photographs that illustrate how architectural projects have contributed to Brazil’s self-image.

When in Rio, Professor Bergdoll took part on a debate, at Instituto de Tecnologia e Sociedade (ITS), with Washington Fajardo, President of the Rio Human Heritage Institute, Pedro Rivera, Director of Studio-X Rio and Arto Lindsay, Musican and Cultural Critic. Theu debated Latin American Architecture and the Modernist Influence in Brazil and Rio de de Janeiro.

The following night, Professor Bergdoll gave an open lecture at Studio-X Rio, focusing more specifically on two exhibitions he curated at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.