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Reconstructions: Architecture
and Blackness in America

The Museum of Modern Art

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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, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design, MoMA.

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AD—WO. Wiregrass WAHO. 2020. Digital collage, dimensions variable. Image courtesy of the artist. The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Germane Barnes. Miami Porch Portrayals. 2020. Digital print collage, 17 x 17″ (43.2 x 43.2 cm). Image courtesy of the artist. The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Sekou Cooke. We Outchea. 2020. Digital drawings, dimensions variable. Image courtesy of the artist. The Museum of Modern Art, New York

J. Yolande Daniels, principal, studioSUMO | Los Angeles. Race Plate. 2020. Digital rendering, 24 x 36″ (61 x 91.4 cm). Image courtesy of the artist. The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Felecia Davis. Fabricating Networks Quilt. 2020. Digital print on cotton broadcloth, copper-coated, ripstop nylon, copper tape, cotton thread, stainless steel conductive thread, lilypad microcontroller MP3 chip, speakers, and battery. Image courtesy of the artist. The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Huff + Gooden Architects. Nonviolent direct action sit-ins, marches, and protests in Nashville, Tennessee. 2020. Still from computer generated animation. Image courtesy of the artist. The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Walter Hood. Social Services. 2020. Digital rendering. Image courtesy of the artist. The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Olalekan Jeyifous. …other seasonal occupancy neighborhoods. 2020. Courtesy of Olalekan Jeyifous. The Museum of Modern Art, New York

V. Mitch McEwen with Kristina Kay Robinson and Princeton Black Box (Julia Medina, Sally Jane Ruybalid, Samuel Wright II). R:R Maroon System IIII. 2020. PETG, foam, PLA, dried plants, and neoprene, dimensions variable. Image courtesy of the artist. The Museum of Modern Art, New York