The Museum of Modern Art announces the fourth installment of the Issues in Contemporary Architecture series, Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America, an investigation into the intersections of architecture, Blackness and anti–Black racism in the American context. The exhibition and accompanying publication will examine contemporary architecture in the context of how systemic racism has fostered violent histories of discrimination and injustice in the United States. Such conditions have structured and continue to inform the built environment of American cities through public policies, municipal planning, and architecture, with specific repercussions for African American and African diaspora communities. Projects will explore how people have mobilized Black cultural spaces, forms, and practices as sites of imagination, liberation, resistance, and refusal.
Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America is organized by Sean Anderson, Associate Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, MoMA, and Mabel O. Wilson, Nancy and George E. Rupp Professor, Columbia University, with Arièle Dionne-Krosnick, former Curatorial Assistant, and Anna Burckhardt, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design, MoMA.
The exhibition is made possible by Allianz, MoMA’s partner for design and innovation.
Major support is provided by the Jon Stryker Endowment.
Generous funding is provided by the Leontine S. and Cornell G. Ebers Endowment Fund.
Additional support is provided by The Friends of Education of The Museum of Modern Art and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.
MoMA Audio is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies.
Image credit: Felecia Davis. Drawing 2. 2020. Digital file. 24 × 24″ (50.8 × 50.8 cm). Image courtesy of the artist. The Museum of Modern Art, New York