Portuguese Architect Pedro Gadanho to Become MoMA’s Curator of Contemporary Architecture
December 22, 2011
Photo via the Portuguese American Journal
The Museum of Modern Art has just announced the appointment of Portuguese architect, curator and writer Pedro Gadanho as the new curator of contemporary architecture. The newest member to MoMA’s Department of Architecture and Design will be taking on the task of “building the Museum’s holdings of contemporary architecture” and organizing exhibitions, as well as overseeing MoMA and P.S.1’s Young Architects Program (YAP) and the two-year-old YAP International Program in conjunction with the MAXXI in Rome and Constructo in Santiago, Chile.
Barry Bergdoll, MoMA’s chief curator of architecture and design, lauded Gadanho as a “talented and innovative curator and a tireless advocate for contemporary practice.” Bergdoll recognizes the architect as a “key liaison between the Museum and academics, practitioners, and partner organizations,” hoping to see MoMA’s newly appointed curator to strengthen MoMA’s position as “an international showcase for the most innovative contemporary architects.”
Gadanho, as the Architects’ Newspaper reports, holds a masters in Architecture from the University of Porto, a masters in Art and Architecture from Kent Institute of Design in the U.K., and a Ph.D. in Architecture and Mass Media from the University of Porto, where he has was also a professor of Architecture. He is the editor-in-chief of Beyond, Short Stories of the Post-Contemporary and the editor of the blog ShrapnelContemporary. He has curated a number of architecture exhibitions in Europe, including Portugal’s entry for the 2004 Venice Biennale. Better yet, he is a member of Architizer, and you can take a look at a project he has uploaded here!