Chrysanthe B. Broikos

Curator
cbroikos@nbm.org
202.272.2448, ext. 3411

Overview

Chrysanthe B. Broikos is an architectural historian and curator at the National Building Museum. She has organized the presentation of nearly 30 exhibitions since joining the curatorial team in 1998, including several of the Museum’s signature shows: Designing for Disaster; Do It Yourself: Home Improvement in 20th Century America; On the Job: Design and the American Office; Stay Cool! Air Conditioning America and Cityscapes Revealed: Highlights from the Collection, the Museum’s first long-term exhibition drawn from its permanent collection.

The intersection of architecture and photography is of particular interest to Broikos. Most recently, she collaborated with fine art photographer Colin Winterbottom to present Scaling Washington, an exhibition documenting the impact of the August 2011 Virginia earthquake on both the Washington Monument and Washington National Cathedral. She has also worked closely with MacArthur Prize grantee Camilo José Vergara (Commemorating 9.ll and Storefront Churches); Bill Bamberger (Stories of Home); Philip Trager; and the late Robert C. Lautman (1923-2009), whose photographic archive is part of the Museum’s permanent collection.

Broikos initially joined the Museum’s education department in 1996, where she created the acclaimed Spotlight on Design lecture series.  A frequent presenter on the nature of architectural exhibitions, Broikos taught a curatorial practice course for Georgetown University’s graduate program in Art and Museum Studies. She is on the Board of the National Preservation Institute and currently serves as treasurer.

Selected Publications

“Photography. Architecture. Community.” in Stories of Home and the Mobile Gallery, edited by Molly Renda and Tammi Brooks, University of North Carolina–Charlotte Press, 2003

On the Job: Design and the American Office, co-editor with Donald Albrecht, Princeton Architectural Press, 2000.