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Reconstructions: Architecture
and Blackness in America

February 27, 2021 – May 31, 2021

The Museum of Modern Art

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. Eleven 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.

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J. Yolande Daniels. 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

David Hartt. Film still of On Exactitude in Science (Watts). 2020. Dimensions variable. Image courtesy of the artist. The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Felecia Davis. Fabricating Networks: Transmissions and Receptions from Pittsburgh’s Hill District. 2020. Digital file. 24 × 24″ (50.8 × 50.8 cm). Image courtesy of the artist. The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Mario Gooden. Refusal of Space. 2020. Photograph. 40 x 30″ (101.6 x 76.2 cm). Photo: Kris Graves. Image courtesy of the artist. The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Amanda Williams. Spatial Diagrams. 2020. Ink on paper. 26 x 12” (66.04 x 30.48 cm). Image courtesy of the artist. The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Sekou Cooke. We Outchea: Hip-Hop Fabrications and Public Space. 2020. Digital print and screenprint. 12 × 12″ (30.5 × 30.5 cm). Image courtesy of the artist. The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Germane Barnes. No Beach Access. 2020. Digital collage. 15 x 21.5″ (38.1 x 54.61 cm). Image courtesy of the artist. The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Emanuel Admassu. Planetary Scar (Mid-Atlantic Ridge). 2020. Silk, wool, and other threads. 7′ x 7′ (213.36 x 213.36 cm). Image courtesy of the artist. The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Walter Hood. Section Drawing – Folding Chair. 2020. Plexiglass. 58 x 24” (147.32 x 60.96 cm). Image courtesy of the artist. The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Olalekan Jeyifous. Plant Seeds Grow Blessings. 2020. Photomontage, framed renderings printed on Luster 260 GSM. 40 × 30″ (101.6 x 76.2 cm). Courtesy of Olalekan Jeyifous. The Museum of Modern Art, New York

V. Mitch McEwen. Film still of R:R. 2020. Digital file. Dimensions variable. Image courtesy of the artist. The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Cover of the exhibition catalogue Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America, published by The Museum of Modern Art, 2021.

Installation view of Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, February 27, 2021 – May 31, 2021. © 2021 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Robert Gerhardt

Installation view of Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, February 27, 2021 – May 31, 2021. © 2021 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Robert Gerhardt

Installation view of Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, February 27, 2021 – May 31, 2021. © 2021 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Robert Gerhardt

Installation view of Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, February 27, 2021 – May 31, 2021. © 2021 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Robert Gerhardt

Installation view of Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, February 27, 2021 – May 31, 2021. © 2021 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Robert Gerhardt

Installation view of Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, February 27, 2021 – May 31, 2021. © 2021 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Robert Gerhardt

Installation view of Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, February 27, 2021 – May 31, 2021. © 2021 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Robert Gerhardt

Installation view of Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, February 27, 2021 – May 31, 2021. © 2021 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Robert Gerhardt

Installation view of Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, February 27, 2021 – May 31, 2021. © 2021 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Robert Gerhardt

Installation view of Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, February 27, 2021 – May 31, 2021. © 2021 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Robert Gerhardt

Installation view of Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, February 27, 2021 – May 31, 2021. © 2021 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Robert Gerhardt

Installation view of Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, February 27, 2021 – May 31, 2021. © 2021 The Museum of Modern Art. Photo: Robert Gerhardt

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