Black Reconstruction Collective Panel

Archival photo of African Americans standing in front of a home in Nicodemus after the Civil War
Library of Congress
Exodusters – African Americans who migrated from States along the Mississippi River to Kansas in the late 19 th century following the Civil War – in front of a home in Nicodemus.

Wednesday, April 7 at 4 p.m. EDT

Black Resilience, presented by the Black Reconstruction Collective 

In the talk, titled “Black Resilience,” the audience will be given a video tour of the exhibit that opened in New York on Feb. 27 while BRC members discuss concepts and themes in the works they created for the show. 

BRC members will join current students, Sharod Bryant, Quynh Pham, Christian Wawru, AnLi French, and Hayri Dortdivanlioglu, in a discussion about Black Resilience. 

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

Mario Gooden , founding principal of Huff + Gooden Architects and Portman Prize Studio Critic, is a co-founder of the BRC, which has been giving virtual lectures together at universities and institutions around the nation on issues surrounding racial injustice and Black history since the fall.

Along with Gooden, who is also an Associate Professor of Professional Practice at Columbia University, co-director of the GSAPP Global Africa Lab, and a research associate at the Visual Identities in Art and Design (VIAD) research centre at the University of Johannesburg, the BRC is comprised of:

  • BRC co-founder Emanuel Admassu , 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 University of Miami’s School of Architecture.
  • 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 the 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.
  • Olalekan Jeyifous , a Nigerian-American visual artist and designer.
  • V. Mitch McEwen , cofounder of Atelier Office, assistant professor at Princeton University School of Architecture, and director of Princeton’s research group Black Box.
  • Amanda Williams , a visual artist who trained as an architect and is an adjunct associate professor at Columbia University GSAPP

This event is free to attend. Please register to receive a link to the event. 

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