Jennifer Gray

Jennifer Gray is a curator and architectural historian specializing in modern architectural history, with a particular emphasis on Chicago in a global context and how designers and activists used architecture, cities, and landscapes to advance social and spatial justice at the turn of the 20th century. Her work investigates questions of political engagement, the social sciences and cartographic practices, progressive pedagogical practices, and ecology and landscape. She is also interested in contemporary social practice in both art and architecture, as well as critical curatorial practices and critical heritage. She has been working at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City since 2004, most recently as cocurator of the exhibition Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive, and coeditor of the accompanying publication. Her work has been published in journals of architectural history and critical heritage, and she currently is developing the manuscript Contingent Cities: Dwight Perkins, Public Space, and Critical Pragmatism in Chicago, 1893–1917. Gray received her doctor of philosophy from Columbia University.

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Classes (Selected)

  • ARCH 3819/5819 Special Topics in HAUD: Exhibition as Medium: Curating Modern ArchitectureThis course addresses pertinent issues relative to the subject of History of Architecture and Urbanism. The instructor(s) of the course are drawn from the permanent and visiting faculty who may either broadly or narrowly define the course's scope and content. For precise content please see the Architecture Department webpage .

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships (Selected)

  • Carter Manny Citation of Special Recognition, Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts (2008)
  • Presidential Fellowship, Columbia University (2001–09)

Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)

  • Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive, The Museum of Modern Art, New York City (June 12–October 1, 2017)
  • OUR ARCHITECTS_en caracas (escenas modernas circa 1967), collaboration with DOCOMOMO Venezuela (July 2017)
  • "Broadacre Disinterred," symposium with the Temple Hoyne Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture in conjunction with Living in America: Frank Lloyd Wright in Harlem, Wallach Gallery, Columbia University (September 28–29, 2017)

Publications (Selected)

  • "Pattern Behind the Realism: The Jensen Graphic," Frank Lloyd Wright: Unpacking the Archive (The Museum of Modern Art, 2017)
  • "Our Architects: Encounters in Historic Preservation," in OUR ARCHITECTS_en caracas: escenas modernas circa 1967 (Caracas DOCOMOMO Venezuela, 2017)
  • "The Contingent City: Lessons from the Laissez-Faire Metropolis," TransActions (Stockyard Institute, 2015)