Peter Reed was named Senior Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs in 2005. Mr. Reed oversees the departments of Publications, Library and Archives, Education, Conservation, and Digital Content and Strategy, and serves as the liaison between senior administration and the Museum’s six curatorial departments.
Previously, Mr. Reed was Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at the Museum, where he had been part of the curatorial staff since 1992. During that time, he organized Groundswell: Constructing the Contemporary Landscape (2005); AUTObodies: speed, sport, transport (2002); Alvar Aalto: Between Humanism and Materialism (1998); and Frank Lloyd Wright: Architect (with Terence Riley, 1994).
Mr. Reed has also authored numerous exhibition catalogues and contributed to publications including A Modern Garden: The Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Sculpture Garden at The Museum of Modern Art (2007); The Show to End All Shows: Frank Lloyd Wright and The Museum of Modern Art, 1940 (editor and contributing author, 2004); ModernStarts: People, Places, Things (1999); S_tudies in Modern Art 6: Philip Johnson and The Museum of Modern Art_ (1998); and Louis I. Kahn: In the Realm of Architecture (1991). He has also hosted talks with artists including jazz impresario George T. Wein, landscape architect Diana Balmori, and artists Andrea Zittel and Lisa Anne Auerbach.
Before his tenure at the Museum, Mr. Reed taught art history at the University of Pennsylvania and was Director of Research for Penn’s Architectural Archives from 1989 to 1992. He completed his BA (1977) in art history at Lake Forest College and holds an MA and PhD (1989) in art history from the University of Pennsylvania. In recognition of his professional contributions, the government of Finland decorated Mr. Reed with the Order of the White Rose of Finland.