December 9, 2020

“Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America” Exhibition Opens at MoMA

Systemic racism continues to inform the built environment of our cities through public policies, municipal planning, and architecture. The inter­section of these forces is explored in “Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America,” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, from February 20 through May 31. Projects by 10 architects, de­signers, and artists investigate how Black cultural spaces and 
practices are mobilized as sites of imagination, liberation, resistance, and refusal. Among them: We Outchea
Sekou Cooke’s hip­hop inflected low-income 
housing proposal for Syracuse, New York; 
Germane Barnes’s Miami Porch Portrayals, an examination of built forms adopted by African and Caribbean diasporas in the city; and Emanuel Admassu’s Wiregrass WAHO, which connects the slave trade 
to the settling and urbanization of Atlanta.

We Outchea by Sekou Cooke. Image courtesy of Sekou Cooke.
Miami Porch Portrayals by Germane Barnes. Image courtesy of Germane Barnes. 
Wiregrass WAHO by AD—WO. Image courtesy of AD—WO.

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