Donald Albrecht discusses, “New York: the Mythic City.”

Our speaker on February 22nd, Donald Albrecht, a New York City-based curator of design and a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome, has curated exhibitions and developed books and catalogs ranging from overviews of cultural trends to profiles of individual design firms and artist.

Some of his curated exhibitions include World War II and the American Dream, Green House: New Directions in Sustainable Architecture and Design for the National Building Museum ; National Design Triennial for the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum; and Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture in New York for the Museum of the City of New York.

For most exhibitions, Mr. Albrecht also develops and edits the catalogs, contributes major essays and works with other writers to provide fresh critical perspectives.  His catalogs have received numerous awards, including The Society of Architectural Historians’ Best Exhibition Catalogue for the Eero Saarinen and the Eames Catalogs.  

His profiles of individual design firms and artists include The Work of Charles and Ray Eames for the Library of Congress and Vitra Design Museum; Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future for the Finnish Cultural Institute, the Museum of Finnish Architecture and the National Building Museum; and also The High Style of Dorothy Draper for the Museum of the City of New York.

Mr. Albrecht has contributed essays to a number of books about architecture and design, including The Glass House: Pairings and California Design: The Legacy of West Coast Craft and Style.

On the 22nd, he spoke to us about New York City’s wealth of “Art Deco” buildings and how they came to define or establish New York as the “Mythic City.”