2 March 2021
The exhibition Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) is an investigation into the intersections of architecture, Blackness and anti–Black racism in the American context, organized and curated by Mabel O. Wilson ‘91 MArch, Nancy and George E. Rupp Professor at GSAPP, and Sean Anderson, Associate Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at MoMA. The exhibition features ten commissioned projects that present ideas for how architecture can reinvent itself by learning from Black cultures and histories across the world. Featured projects address the parallel crises of climate destruction, wealth inequality, mass incarceration, inequitable housing, food insecurity, and systemic racism through spatial meditations on Black life in Atlanta, Brooklyn, Kinloch, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New Orleans, Oakland, Pittsburg, Syracuse, and outer space.
Among the exhibition participants and members of the Black Reconstruction Collective (BRC) are GSAPP alumni and faculty members Emanuel Admassu ‘12 MSAAD ‘13 AAR, Assistant Professor; J. Yolande Daniels ‘90 MArch; Mario Gooden ‘90 MArch, Associate Professor of Professional Practice; V. Mitch McEwen ‘06 MArch; and Amanda Williams, Adjunct Associate Professor; alongside Germane Barnes, Sekou Cooke, Felecia Davis, Walter Hood, and Olalekan Jeyifous. The exhibition also features newly commissioned multi-media work by David Hartt.
The accompanying publication, or “field guide,” includes scholarly essays by the curators, members of the advisory committee, and invited scholars in addition to the exhibition participants. Contributors with GSAPP affiliations include:
Emanuel Admassu '12 MSAAD ‘13 AAR, Assistant Professor
Ifeoma Ebo, Adjunct Associate Professor
Mario Gooden '90 M.Arch, Associate Professor of Professional Practice
Roberta Washington '71 M.Arch
V. Mitch McEwen '06 M.Arch
J. Yolande Daniels '90 M.Arch
Justin Garret Moore '04 M.Arch, '04 MSAUD, Adjunct Associate Professor
Amanda Williams, Adjunct Associate Professor