Pedro Gadanho has been appointed curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum of Modern Art. Gadanho is a Lisbon-based architect, curator, and writer whose international work has focused on the connections between architecture and contemporary culture. He will join MoMA on January 11, 2012.
In his new role, Mr. Gadanho will be responsible for a broad portfolio that reinforces the Museum's commitment, since 1932, to contemporary architecture. In addition to building the Museum's holdings of contemporary architecture, he will oversee the annual Young Architects Program (YAP), co-organized with MoMA PS1, and the two-year-old YAP International Program in conjunction with the MAXXI in Rome and Constructo in Santiago, Chile; organize further exhibitions in the Museum's "Issues in Contemporary Architecture" series; and develop larger scale exhibitions of contemporary architecture, including exhibitions that explore relationships between architecture and other contemporary art practices.
"Pedro is a talented and innovative curator and a tireless advocate for contemporary practice," commented Barry Bergdoll, The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at MoMA. "As a key liaison between the Museum and academics, practitioners, and partner organizations, he will solidify our role as an international showcase for the most innovative contemporary architects, and will help us develop positions of relevance in contemporary architecture in exhibitions and programs."