Why Architecture Belongs in the Museum: Valentina Moimas


Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 5:00pm to 6:00pm

This event is virtual and will be held in Spanish with simultaneous English translation. To view the recording, click here

Speaker: Valentina Moimas, Curator, Architectural Collections, Centre Pompidou
Moderated by: Carolina Sepúlveda, Professor of Architecture, MARQ, Universidad Católica de Chile

This conversation series is part of Curating Architecture Across the Americas (CAAA), an initiative that brings together institutions, curators, and scholars to discuss the role of architecture exhibitions and collections in the expanding world of curatorial practices and cultural debates. The series is run in parallel with the course Architecture in the “museum” a transnational seminar ran simultaneously by three institutions: Harvard University, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, each led by local faculty members.

Valentina Moimas is an architect, professor at l’École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris la Villette, and curator of the architecture collection of the Musée National d'Art Moderne -Centre de Création Industrielle at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Within the museum she has created several thematic rooms, notably those relating to acquisitions from Central and South America, Spain, and Portugal: Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Tatiana Bilbao, MBM Arquitectes, Eduardo Souto de Moura, Architectures of Latin America, The School of Madrid and currently RCR Arquitectes.  As an exhibition curator she presented at the Center Pompidou Málaga Paris Architectures 1950-2015 and Construir el aire, as well as the architecture section of the semi-permanent exhibition Utopias modernas from 2017-2020, and the corresponding catalogs.  She is the co-curator of the exhibition Aerodream. Architecture, Design and Inflatable Structures currently on view at the Center Pompidou Metz, which will have its second iteration in October 2021 at the Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine.

Carolina Sepúlveda  is an architect, curator, and researcher from Santiago, Chile. She holds a Master in Design Studies, Art, Design, and the Public Domain from Harvard GSD, and a B. Arch. from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Co-curator of Curating Architecture Across the Americas, an ongoing program promoted by Harvard David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies that fosters architecture exhibits in the Americas. She has worked in research and production of architecture and design exhibitions at Harvard Graduate School of Design (Love in a Mist: The Politics of Fertility, Druker Design Gallery, 2019 by Malkit Shoshan), the Inter-American Development Bank (Housing, What’s Next? Washington D.C., 2018), LIGA DF (The Space Between Things, Mexico City, 2014 by Emilio Marin and Juan Carlos López), and coordinated the XX Chile Architecture Biennial (Unpostponable Dialogues, Valparaíso, 2017).

Presented in collaboration with Harvard Department of History of Art and Architecture