Black Reconstruction Collective to join Stuckeman School lecture series


UNIVERSTY PARK, PA – The 10 architects, artists and designers whose work is currently on display in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) exhibition “Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America”, and who are collectively known as from Black Reconstruction Collective (BRC), will join Stuckeman School at 6 p.m. on March 24 as final guests of the school’s virtual lecture series.

During the conference, titled “Black Joy”, the public will enjoy a video tour of the exhibition which opened in New York on February 27, while BRC members will discuss the concepts and themes of the works. that they created for the exhibition.

According to MoMA, the commissioned pieces “explore how people have mobilized black cultural spaces, forms and practices as sites of imagination, liberation, resistance and rejection.”

Felecia Davis, director of Felecia Davis Studio and associate professor of architecture at Penn State, is a co-founder of BRC, which gives virtual lectures together at universities and institutions across the country on issues surrounding racial injustice and black history from the grave.

Along with Davis, who is also Carey Memorial Early Career Professor in the Arts and Director of the Computational Textiles Lab (SOFTLAB) at the Stuckeman Center for Design Computing, the BRC is made up of:

  • Emanuel Admassu, co-founder of BRC, co-founding partner of AD-WO and associate professor of architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design.
  • Germane Barnes, director of Studio Barnes and assistant professor at the School of Architecture at the University of Miami.
  • Sekou Cooke, founder of Sekou Cooke Studio and assistant professor at the School of Architecture at Syracuse University.
  • J. Yolande Daniels, co-founder of studioSUMO and assistant professor at the University of Southern California School of Architecture.
  • Mario Gooden, co-founder of Huff + Gooden and professor of practice at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP).
  • Walter Hood, Creative Director and Founder of Hood Studio Design and Professor of Landscape Architecture, Environmental Planning, and Urban Design at the University of California, Berkeley.
  • Nigerian-American visual artist and designer Olalekan Jeyifous.
  • V. Mitch McEwen, co-founder of Atelier Office, assistant professor at Princeton University School of Architecture and director of the Princeton Black Box research group.
  • Amanda Williams, a visual artist who trained as an architect and is an Assistant Associate Professor at Columbia University GSAPP.

The MoMA show, which has been described by organizers as “an investigation into the intersections of architecture, darkness and anti-black racism in the American context,” runs through the end of May. .

The virtual event, organized by the Department of Architecture in partnership with the Stuckeman School and WPSU, is free and open to the public. Pre-registration via is required.

Last updated on April 15, 2021


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