December 9, 2020

“Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America” Exhibit 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.

A rendering of an urban landscape
We Outchea by Sekou Cooke. Image courtesy of Sekou Cooke.
A drawing of a Miami porch with a Black face painted on the roof
Miami Porch Portrayals by Germane Barnes. Image courtesy of Germane Barnes. 
An installation in a field of wheat called Wiregrass
Wiregrass WAHO by AD—WO. Image courtesy of AD—WO.

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