My research analyzes art, design, and material culture as the building blocks of trans-historical and global narratives that reflect on contemporary concerns. I do this in my writing as a historian and as a curator in projects across multiple platforms (exhibitions, publications, social media, lectures, events). I currently focus on two areas that I feel directly target urgent political, social, and cultural issues: sustainability, green design, and environmental history; and Latin American, especially Afro-Brazilian, material culture. My work on sustainability has spanned my career, from my start at MoMA where I curated Digitally Mastered (2006-7), the first museum exhibition to showcase cutting-edge digital design and production technologies, including the earliest commercially available 3D-printed and CAD/CAM objects, as harbingers of material innovation, waste reduction, and improved efficiency in mass production, customization, and consumption. In my work with the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD), sustainability takes on an added dimension of social justice and equality/equity in imbalanced global markets. I have been researching indigenous and marginalized communities that work local materials using highly-developed, unique techniques that, due to a number of factors, risk extinction. At BGC, I will introduce a course on material cultures of transatlantic West Africa.

Inaugural Exhibition, Museu das Cadeiras Brasileiras, Belmonte, Bahia, November 7, 2018 — Present.

Ettore Sottsass: Design Radical. The Met Breuer, 3rd Floor, July 20 – October 8, 2017.

Philodendron: From Pan-Latin Exotic to American Modern. Wolfsonian-FIU and Fairchild Tropical Botanical Gardens, October 16, 2015 – February 28, 2016.

Artist’s Choice: Herzog & de Meuron. Co-curated with Jacques Herzog. 3rd Floor Special Exhibition, MoMA, June 21 – September 25, 2006.
Larsen, Christian. “Open Letter to Edgardo Giménez,”in Edgardo Giménez. Buenos Aires/Miami: ISLAA and IDA, forthcoming TBA.

Larsen, Christian and Guillermo Parada. “Losing My America, gt2P,” TL Magazine 32, 2019.

Larsen, Christian. “Brasilia: Postcards from a Future Past. An Interview with Vincent Fournier,” TL Magazine 31, 2019.

Larsen, Christian et al. Philodendron: From Pan-Latin Exotic to American Modern, edited by Christian Larsen. Miami Beach: Wolfsonian-Florida International University, 2015.

Lara-Betancourt, Patricia, Christian Larsen, and Jorge Rivas Perez. “Decorative Arts and Design in Latin America 1830-1900,” in History of Design, Decorative Arts, and Material Culture 1400-2000, edited by Pat Kirkham et al. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013.

Kirkham, Pat, Christian Larsen, Sarah Lichtman, Tom Treadway, and Catherine Whalen. “Europe and North America: 1945-2000,” in History of Design, Decorative Arts, and Material Culture 1400-2000, edited by Pat Kirkham et al. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2013.”