40 Years Later: Advocacy, Activism & Alliances in American Architecture 1977–2017


Sheila C. Johnson Gallery, Parsons School of Design

April 13-27, 2018

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Organizers: ArchiteXX (Lori Brown, Andrea Merrett, Sarah Rafson)
Curatorial Advisors: S. Surface, Bryan C. Lee, Jr., Roberta Washington
Opening Venue: Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, Parsons School of Design, New York
Date: April 13–27, 2018
Scope: Project Management

Press Release

The civil rights and women’s movements impacted every facet of US society, including architecture and design. 40 Years Later: Advocacy, Activism, and Alliances in American Architecture 1977–2017 links the US design community to larger social and political movements of the late 20th century, placing design practice in the foreground and engaging viewers with critical conversations about history, progress, and the built environment. We’re working with ArchiteXX to research this critical history—much of which remains to be written—and coordinate its travel to highlight local stories around the country. By conducting interviews and assembling a team of advisors, we are helping to show the wide reach and impact of activism in the profession, and how far there is still to go.