Barry Bergdoll, come on down! You’re the next Andrew W. Mellon Lecturer in the Fine Arts! This spring, MoMA’s chief curator of architecture and design will present a series of six lectures entitled “Out of Site in Plain View: A History of Exhibiting Architecture since 1750.” Over a series of Sunday afternoons (see full schedule below) at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Bergdoll will delve into topics such as “Architecture in Public from the Salon to the French Revolution,” “Exhibitions between Reform and Avant-Garde,” and the big finish, “Architecture and the Rise of the Event Economy,” with each lecture introducing “a new capacity for architecture itself, made possible through the culture of architectural exhibition.” Bergdoll is the 62nd scholar to deliver the Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts, established in 1949 and named for the founder of the National Gallery. Past lecturers include T. J. Clark, Helen Vendler, and Kirk Varnedoe, whose lectures are available as podcasts.
62nd A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts
April 7 – Framed and Hung: Architecture in Public from the Salon to the French Revolution
April 14 – In and Out of Time: Curating Architecture’s History
April 21 – Not at Home: Architecture on Display from World’s Fairs to Williamsburg
April 28 – Better Futures: Exhibitions between Reform and Avant-Garde
May 5 – Conflicting Visions: Commerce, Diplomacy, and Persuasion
May 12 – Architecture and the Rise of the Event Economy
All lectures take place Sunday afternoons at 2:00 p.m. in the East Building Auditorium of the National Gallery of Art. The programs are free and open to the public, and seating is first come, first seated.