Past Exhibitions

(as curator, unless otherwise noted)


Museum of the City of New York
Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture
 in New York
, co-curator, 2016
Saving Place: Fifty Years of New York City
  Landmarks
, co-curator, 2015
Everything is Design: The Work of Paul Rand, 2015
A Beautiful Way to Go: New York’s Green-Wood Cemetery, 2013
Making Room: New Models for Housing New Yorkers, co-curator, 2013
The World of D. D. and Leslie Tillett, co-curator, 2012
Cars, Culture, and the City, co-curator, 2010
Cecil Beaton: The New York Years, 2011
The Future at Home: American Furniture, 1940–1955, co-curator, 2009
Only in New York: Photographs from Look Magazine, co-curator, 2009
Urban Abstractions: Photographs of New York
 from the Collection
, 2009
Paris/New York: Design Fashion Culture, 1925–1940, 2008
New York Fast Forward: Neil Denari
 Builds on the High Line
, co-curator, 2008
New York Fast Forward: Enrique Norten, co-curator, 2008
Willing to Be Lucky: Ambitious New Yorkers
 in the Pages of Look Magazine
, co-curator, 2007
The High Style of Dorothy Draper, 2006
The Mythic City: Photographs of New York
 by Samuel H. Gottscho, 1925–1940
, 2005
Glass and Glamour: Steuben's Modern Moment, 1930–1960, 2003

Center for Architecture
Authenticity + Innovation, 2016

Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art
Doris Duke's Shangri La: Architecture, Landscape, and Islamic Art,
 co-curator, traveled throughout the United States, 2012-2015

Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin
Norman Bel Geddes: I Have Seen the Future, traveled
 throughout the United States, 2012-2014

Norton Museum of Art
David Webb: Society’s Jeweler, 2014
Keep Calm and Carry On: World War II
 and the British Home Front, 1938–1951
, 2012

Denver Art Museum
Now Boarding: Fentress + The Architecture of Flight, 2012

The Finnish Cultural Institute, New York,
The Museum of Finnish Architecture, Helsinki,
and the National Building Museum, Washington, DC,
with the support of the Yale University School of Architecture

Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future,
 traveled throughout Europe and the United States, 2006–2010

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum,
Smithsonian Institution

National Design Triennial, co-curator, 2003
New Hotels for Global Nomads, 2002
Russel Wright: Creating American Lifestyle, co-curator, 2001
The Opulent Eye of Alexander Girard, 2000
National Design Triennial, co-curator, 2000
Do-It-Yourself Architecture for the Great Outdoors, 1997


National Building Museum, Washington, D.C.
Picture This: Windows on the American Home, 2003
On the Job: Design and the American Office, co-curator, 2000
Stay Cool! Air-conditioning America, co-curator, 1999
A Master Plan for the National Building Museum, project director
 of a new plan for the Museum's physical spaces and core exhibition
 program, 1997
World War II and the American Dream:
 How Wartime Building Changed a Nation
, 1994

Pratt Institute
Naomi Leff: Interior Design, 2008

Yale University School of Architecture
PSFS: Nothing More Modern, co-curator, 2004

R20th Century Gallery, New York
AutoPlastic: Wendell Castle, 1968–1973, 2004

Getty Center
Making Architecture: The Getty Center from Concept
 exhibition through Construction
, Getty Center, 1997

Library of Congress and Vitra Design Museum,
Weil-am-Rhein, Germany

The Work of Charles and Ray Eames: A Legacy of Invention,
 traveled throughout Europe, the United States, and Asia, 1997–2004

National Institute for Architectural Education, New York
Paul Rudolph: Explorations in Modern Architecture, 1976–1993, 1993

American Museum of the Moving Image, New York
Changing Faces, 1991
Tony Walton: Designing for Stage and Screen, 1989



Exhibition-related Books



Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture in New York
Co-author
Museum of the City of New York (MCNY)/Skira Rizzoli, 2016

Saving Place: Fifty Years of New York City Landmarks
Co-editor
Museum of the City of New York (MCNY)/Monacelli Press, 2015

Norman Bel Geddes Designs America
Editor and author
Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas/
Museum of the City of New York (MCNY)/Abrams, 2012

Now Boarding: Fentress + The Architecture of Flight
Lead author
Denver Art Museum, 2012

Doris Duke’s Shangri La: Architecture,
Landscape, and Islamic Art

Co-editor and author
Rizzoli, 2012

Russel Wright: The Nature of Design
Co-author
SUNY New Paltz, 2012

Keep Calm and Carry On: World War II
and the British Home Front, 1938-1951

Editor and lead author
Norton Museum of Art, 2012

Cecil Beaton: The New York Years
Author
Rizzoli/MCNY, 2011

Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie
Editor and author
Scala, 2010

Cars, Culture, and the City
Co-author
MCNY, 2010

Only in New York: Photographs from Look Magazine
Co-author
MCNY/Monacelli, 2009

Paris/New York: Design Fashion Culture, 1925–1940
Editor and author
MCNY/Monacelli, 2008

The High Style of Dorothy Draper
Author
MCNY/Pointed Leaf Press, 2006


Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future
Editor and author
Yale University Press, 2006

The Mythic City: Photographs of New York
by Samuel H. Gottscho, 1925–1940

Author
MCNY/Princeton Architectural Press, 2005

Glass and Glamour: Steuben's Modern Moment, 1930–1960
Author
MCNY/Abrams, 2003

National Design Triennial
Co-author
Cooper-Hewitt/Princeton Architectural Press, 2003

New Hotels for Global Nomads
Co-author
Cooper-Hewitt/Merrill, 2002

Russel Wright: Creating American Lifestyle
Co-editor and author
Cooper-Hewitt/Abrams, 2001

National Design Triennial
Co-author
Cooper-Hewitt/Princeton Architectural Press, 2000

On the Job: Design and the American Office
Co-editor and co-author
Princeton Architectural Press, 2000

The Work of Charles and Ray Eames: A Legacy of Invention
Editor and author
Abrams, 1997

World War II and the American Dream:
How Wartime Building Changed a Nation

Editor and author
MIT Press, 1994



Non-exhibition Books and Book Essays

(as author, unless otherwise noted)


Make It Fabulous: The Architecture and
Designs of William T. Georgis

Co-author
Monacelli Press, 2013

“The High Bohemia of 1930s Manhattan”
in Partners in Design
Monacelli Press/The Liliane and David M. Stewart Program for Modern Design, 2015

“The Hand That Helped the Machine”
in Crafting Modernism: Midcentury American Art and Design
Museum of Arts and Design/Abrams, 2011

Andrée Putman
Rizzoli, 2009

“Beyond Simplicity”
in Gabellini: Architecture of the Interior
Rizzoli, 2008

The Glass House: Pairings
National Trust for Historic Preservation, 2007

Introductory essay “An Architecture of Transparency”
in 1100 Architect, 1998–2006
Monacelli, 2006

Introductory essay in California Design: The Legacy of West Coast Craft and Style
Chronicle Books, 2005

“Dr. Caligari's Cabinets: The Set Design of Ken Adam”
in Architecture and Film
Princeton Architectural Press, 2001

“The Elegance of the Everyday:
The Interiors of Giorgio Armani”

in Giorgio Armani
Guggenheim Museum, 2000

“Cabinets of Dr. Caligari”
in Production Design: Ken Adam
Deutsches Museum, Munich, 1994

“Images et merchandises”
in Hollywood: 1927–1941
Autrement, Paris, 1991

Designing Dreams: Modern Architecture in the Movies
Museum of Modern Art/Harper & Row, 1986



Articles


Numerous articles for publications such as the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, the New York Times, and House and Garden, Architecture, and Architectural Digest magazines



Selected Presentations and Lectures


Conception and implementation of gallery tours, lectures, film, programs and symposia in conjunction with all exhibitions. In addition, lectures and symposia participation at an international roster of museums and universities on subjects ranging from architecture to interior design and film, including:

“Partners in Design”
Program in conjunction with a book about the formation of the Museum of Modern Art, AIA Center for Architecture, New York, panelist, 2016

“Movie Deco"
Chicago Art Deco Society, lecturer, 2015

“The Mad Men of Midcentury Modernism”
Program in conjunction with an exhibition about architect A. Quincy Jones, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, lecturer, 2013

“Marketing the Future”
Fleur Cowles Flair symposium, Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, in conjunction with the Norman Bel Geddes exhibition, panel organizer and moderator, 2012

“Gay New York”
Symposium in conjunction with the exhibition Cecil Beaton: The New York Years, Museum of the City of New York, organizer with George Chauncey of Yale University, 2012

“Modernism and Post-war Hollywood”
George Nelson symposium, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, lecturer, 2012

“Warren McArthur in Los Angeles”
California Design symposium, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, lecturer, 2012

“Auto-Display”
Nano symposium, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, lecturer, 2011

“Salesmanship is the Answer” [re: Dorothy Draper]
and “Cecil Beaton's New York”
Chic It Up conferences, Winterthur, Wilmington, Delaware, lecturer, 2009 and 2010

“Home Design in New York”
Annual series of day-long symposia featuring Mario Buatta, Vincente Wolf, and other designers, Museum of the City of New York, co-organizer, 2007-2009

“Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future”
Program in conjunction with the opening of the Saarinen exhibition, International Centre for Urbanism, Architecture, and Landscape (CIVA), Brussels, lecturer, 2007

"Hotel Primer: From Cesar Ritz to Alfred Hitchcock”
Hotel Future, Lucerne, Switzerland, lecturer and symposium moderator, 2005


“Streamlining Leisure”
Bard Graduate Center, New York, lecturer, 2005

“The Corporate Interior”
American corporate architecture symposium, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, lecturer, 2001

“Designing Dreams”
Lincoln Center, New York, lecturer, 1999

“The Work of Charles and Ray Eames”
Symposium in conjunction with the opening of the Eames exhibition, London Design Museum, lecturer, 1998

“Skyscrapers, Sex, and Psychopaths:
A History of Three Cities in the Movies”

National Building Museum, three-part film series, organizer and lecturer, 1994

“Celluloid Skyline, Designing for Television”
“Movie Modern: Cinema and the Image of Technology”
“This Production Designed by William Cameron Menzies”

American Museum of the Moving Image, film series and symposium organizer and lecturer, 1988–92

“Production Design”
Berlin, symposium participant, 1991

“Gone With the Wind: Hollywood and the Colonial Revival”
Society of Architectural Historians, lecturer, 1990

“Paul Nelson and Hollywood”
Columbia University, lecturer, 1990

“Screen Eccentrics”
Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, film series organizer, 1989

“Modern Movement/The City in Film”
Gallery Association of New York, film series organizer, 1988

“Directors with a Vision”
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum , film series organizer and lecturer, 1986

“Designing Dreams”
Architectural League and Parsons School of Design, New York,
four-part film series organizer and lecturer, 1984



Websites


Building America: A Virtual Exhibition
Co-curator
National Building Museum, online 2002–08



Fellowships and Awards


Fellow, American Academy in Rome
Six-month residency in Rome studying museum architecture
and display, 2003

Fellow, Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin
Residency in Austin researching Mexican modernism, 2013

Co-author, National Endowment for the Humanities planning
and implementation grants awarded to the National Building
Museum for House and Home, 2003

Nomination for Best Design Exhibition for
Doris Duke’s Shangri La: Architecture,
Landscape, and Islamic Art

International Association of Art Critics

Best Museum Exhibition for
Norman Bel Geddes: I Have Seen the Future
Austin Critics’ Table Award

Philip Johnson Best Exhibition Catalog Award for
Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future
Society of Architectural Historians


Best Book of the Year for
Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future
Arts Club of London

Best Photography Book for
The Mythic City: Photographs of New York
by Samuel H. Gottscho, 1925–1940

New York Society Library

Philip Johnson Best Exhibition Catalog Award for
The Work of Charles and Ray Eames
Society of Architectural Historians

Nomination for Best Design Exhibition for
The Work of Charles and Ray Eames
International Association of Art Critics

Honorable Mention for
Designing Dreams: Modern Architecture in the Movies
Theatre Library Association



Juries


Juror, Society of Architectural Historians Award
for Film and Video, 2013–14

Juror, Arthur Ross Awards, Institute of
Classical Architecture and Art, 2012


Scholarly advisor and on-screen interviewee
for the film The Architect and the Painter
National Endowment for the Humanities, 2003-2009



Staff Positions


Curator of Architecture and Design
Museum of the City of New York
2003–current

Curator of Special Projects
Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution
1996–2003

Curator of Production Design and Director of Exhibitions
American Museum of the Moving Image, New York
1986–1992


Architect
Giorgio Cavaglieri, FAIA, New York
1983–1986

Architect
Johnson/Burgee, Architects, New York
1978–1980

Architect
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, Chicago
1974–1977



Teaching Positions


Adjunct Professor
Parsons School of Design, New York
1990–2002

Adjunct Professor
Cooper-Hewitt Masters Program in the Decorative Arts, New York
2000–2005



Education


Bachelor Degree in Architecture
Illinois Institute of Technology
1974



Languages


Reading Proficiency in Italian and French



Professional Memberships and Board Positions


Board Secretary, Manitoga:
 The Russel Wright Design Center
Society of Architectural Historians
The Architectural League of New York
DOCOMOMO
Institute of Classical Architecture and Art