Virtual Talk 4-6-23: Curating a New Nature
Thu, Apr 6, 2023
Famously labeled the “father, poet, and prophet” of green architecture and a proponent of the idea that any project in architecture or design must present new or better ways of living or be deemed immoral, Emilio Ambasz is an award-winning architect, industrial designer, and protean maker of forms.
Long a pioneer in architecture, Ambasz has retained a belief in the environment, or rather the larger ecology, as fundamental in viewing the world: as the author notes in the introduction, “his philosophy of ‘green over gray’ may often have fallen on deaf ears at the height of Postmodernism, but it today seems profoundly relevant.” And it is in the context of today that Barry Bergdoll’s new book Emilio Ambasz: Curating a New Nature considers Ambasz’s work and its three main areas of concentration—architecture, industrial design, curating—with an aim of shining a light on the interdisciplinary nature of the work as a whole.
Barry Bergdoll will co-present the webinar with Emilio Ambasz.
DATE AND TIME
Thursday, April 6, 2023
2:00 p.m. Eastern
Live on Zoom
$5 for Members of The Garden Conservancy
$15 for General Admission
A recording of this webinar will be sent to all registrants a few days after the event. We encourage you to register, even if you cannot attend the live webinar.
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About the Speakers
Emilio Ambasz, born in Argentina, studied architecture at Princeton University and served from 1969 to 1976 as Curator of Design at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Renowned for his pioneering architecture integrating nature with architecture, he was the subject of two architectural exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art and at the Triennale di Milano. Among his most celebrated buildings are The Lucille Halsell Conservatory at the San Antonio Botanical Center and the Prefectural International Hall in Fukuoka, Japan. Later this year, The Museum of Modern Art will present “Ecological Architecture” an exhibition acknowledging Ambasz’ pioneering role in creating an ecological architecture consciousness. His industrial design and architectural work is in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Barry Bergdoll is Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History at Columbia University and former Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.