After a critically acclaimed six-year stint, Barry Bergdoll will be stepping down from his position as MoMA’s chief curator of architecture and design to serve as Columbia University’s Meyer Schapiro chair in art history, the New York Times reported Wednesday. After a very extended leave of absence from his post as a department faculty member and chairman, “The university has now requested that I return to teach full time,” Bergdoll stated in a letter addressed to journalists.
While the news portends a dramatic shift at the museum, Bergdoll intends to continue curating part-time. He currently plays a role in an upcoming survey of Latin American architecture, according to the Times, and his departure also opens exciting prospects for his successor. MoMA will be conducting the search over the next few months. Watch the ARTINFO interview on his spring exhibition, “Henri Labrouste: Structure Brought to Light,” below.
— Janelle Zara