Vanguard Lost and Found: Soviet Modernist Architecture between Peril and Preservation

Saturday, September 29, 2007, 10:00 a.m.

Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building

Friday, September 28, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
The Architectural League of New York, The Urban Center, 457 Madison Avenue
Saturday, September 29, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
MoMA, The Celeste Bartos Theater, 4 West 54 Street

Following the seminal "Heritage at Risk" conference held in Moscow in April 2006, this symposium addresses pressing issues in the preservation of the modernist legacy of the most significant edifices built by radical Soviet architects in the 1920s and 1930s. Through two keynote addresses, six case studies, and a roundtable discussion, Russian, European, and American architects, historians, and policymakers explore the current situation and eventual destiny of Soviet avant-garde architecture, which is increasingly threatened by neglect and speculative development.

Friday, September 28
Keynote addresses, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
The Architectural League of New York

Barry Bergdoll, Chief Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, The Museum of Modern Art
Rosalie Genevro, Executive Director, The Architectural League of New York
John H. Stubbs, Vice President, Field Projects, World Monuments Fund, New York

"Heroic Relics: The Russian Avant-Garde and Its Reception at Home and Abroad"
Jean-Louis Cohen, Professor, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

"Heritage at Risk: The Fate of Modernist Buildings in Russia"
Natalia Dushkina, Professor, Moscow Architecture Institute, ICOMOS 20th Century Committee


Saturday, September 29
Symposium, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
MoMA, The Celeste Bartos Theater

Barry Bergdoll

10:05 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Case Studies

Natalia Dushkina

"Construction Technologies of the Avant-Garde: The Case of Barshch's and Siniavski's Planetarium"
Anke Zalivako, architect and historian, Technische Universität, Berlin

"The Troubled Destiny of Le Corbusier's Centrosoyuz Building"
Jean-Louis Cohen

"The Narkomfin House: History and Restoration Project"
Alexei Ginzburg, architect, Moscow

"Konstantin Melnikov: Conjunctive Reconstruction"
Yuri Avvakumov, artist and architect, Moscow

Discussion moderated by Natalia Dushkina

12:30–1:30 LUNCH BREAK

"Inhabiting the Melnikov House"
Katia Melnikova


"The Industrial Architecture of the Leningrad Vanguard: The Fate of Heritage"
Margarita Shtiglits, architect and preservationist, St. Petersburg

"The Leningrad Vanguard and Its Destiny"
Boris Kirikov, architect, preservationist, St. Petersburg Committee for the Protection of Monuments


Clementine Cecil, journalist, London; Founder, Moscow Architectural Preservation Society

David Sarkisian, Director, Shchusev Museum of Architecture, Moscow

Senator Sergei Gordeev, Founder and President, Russian Avantgarde Foundation

Valeri Shevchuk, President, Moscow Committee for Heritage Protection

3:45–4:00 BREAK


Maristella Casciato, architect, Professor, University of Bologna, President of Docomomo International

John H. Stubbs, Vice President, Field Projects, World Monuments Fund, New York

Discussion moderated by Barry Bergdoll

A reception at the Russian Consulate, located at 9 East 91 Street, will conclude the symposium.

In conjunction with the exhibition Lost Vanguard: Soviet Modernist Architecture, 1922–32
Photographs by Richard Pare

Tickets to the keynote address ($10; MoMA and Architectural League members, students, seniors, and staff of other museums $5) and the Saturday symposium ($15; MoMA and Architectural League members, students, seniors, and staff of other museums $10) can be purchased at MoMA’s lobby information desk, at the Film desk, or online at www.ticketweb.com. SEATING IS LIMITED.

Simultaneous interpretation from Russian to English will be available.

The symposium is made possible by the World Monuments Fund - Modernism at Risk Program sponsored by Knoll, Inc., Julie L. Rasmussen, Trust for Mutual Understanding, and Joseph H. and Florence A. Roblee.