Publication

  • Marcel Breuer: Building Global Institutions
    Barry Bergdoll and Jonathan Massey
    Authors
    Lucia Allais, Kenny Cupers, Teresa M. Harris, John Harwood, Lucy Mulroney, Guy Nordenson, and Timothy M. Rohan
    Contributors
    Lars Müller Publishers, 2017
  • GRANTEE
    Barry Bergdoll & Jonathan Massey
    GRANT YEAR
    2017

Marcel Breuer is best known as a Bauhaus furniture designer and architect, who changed the face of American housing after his 1937 immigration to the United States. Less frequently studied are the large-scale buildings and complexes he planned, built, or projected—from the 1950s through the 1970s, across the United States and around the world—in a distinctive, reinforced concrete idiom that helped to define Brutalism. By analyzing the architect's corporate headquarters, civic and sacred buildings, laboratories, campuses, and urban plans—as well as their antecedents in his short interwar English period and the longer evolution of his aesthetic convictions—the essays in this volume illuminate Breuer's role in transforming modern architecture through the major institutions of its postwar society.

Barry Bergdoll is the Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History at Columbia University and curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art.  He has curated exhibitions and published widely on aspects of contemporary, nineteenth- and  twentieth-century architecture. His essays on Breuer have appeared in the Vitra Breuer exhibition catalogue (2003); the Office USA Agenda catalogue for the US Pavilion at the Venice Biennale (2014); and in the Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2016). Bergdoll’s previous publications include European Architecture, 1750–1890 (Oxford UP, 2000); monographs on the architects Karl Friedrich Schinkel and Leon Vaudoyer; and numerous exhibition catalogues, such as Mies in Berlin (with Terence Riley; MoMA, 2001), Latin America in Construction, and the forthcoming Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive (2017).

Jonathan Massey was recently named dean of the A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan. Previously, he served as dean of architecture at California College of the Arts. After earning degrees from Princeton and UCLA, he first practiced in Los Angeles, then taught at Syracuse University, where he served as the Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence, directed the BArch program, and chaired the University Senate. The author of Crystal and Arabesque: Claude Bragdon, Ornament, and Modern Architecture (2009), Massey is also cofounder of the Aggregate Architectural History Collaborative, and coeditor of its book, Governing by Design: Architecture, Economy, and Politics in the 20th Century (2012). His research shows how architecture builds civil society, shapes social relationships, and manages consumption.