Donald Albrecht

Past Exhibitions

(as curator, unless otherwise noted)

Museum of the City of New York

Elegance in the Sky: The Architecture of Rosario Candela, 2018

Through a Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photographs,
   co-curator 2018

Mod New York: Fashion Takes a Trip, co-curator, 2017

Posters and Patriotism: Selling World War I in New York,
   co-curator, 2017

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

 

Université du Québec à Montréal

Habitat ’67 vers l’avenir / The Shape of Things to Come, 2017

 

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

Mexico Modern: Art, Commerce, and Cultural Exchange,
   co-curator, 2017

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

Through a Different Lens: Stanley Kubrick Photographs
Co-curator and author
Museum of the City of New York/TASCHEN, 2018

 

Mod New York: Fashion Takes a Trip
Co-editor
Museum of the City of New York/The Monacelli Press, 2017

 

Mexico Modern: Art, Commerce, and Cultural Exchange
Co-editor and author
Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin/Museum of the City of New York, 2017

 

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)

“’New Backgrounds for a New Age’: Modern Design for Theaters and Stores”
co-author, in Charles Sheeler: Fashion, Photography, and Sculptural Form
James A. Michener Art Museum, 2017

 

“Jean-Michel Frank” and “Alberto Giacometti”
in Schiaparelli and the Artists
Rizzoli, 2017

 

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:

 

“Living With Nature : Russel Wright’s Manitoga”
Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, Virginia, lecturer, 2018

 

“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

 

Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future, 2016


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–ongoing


Education

Bachelor Degree in Architecture
Illinois Institute of Technology
1974


Languages

Reading Proficiency in Italian and French