Now What?! Advocacy, Activism & Alliances in American Architecture since 1968
A traveling exhibition that examines the little-known history of architects and designers working to further the causes of the civil rights, women’s, and LGBTQ movements of the past fifty years.
Organizers: ArchiteXX (Lori Brown, Andrea Merrett, Sarah Rafson, Roberta Washington)
Curatorial Advisors: S. Surface, Pascale Sablan
Current Venue: University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning
Date: April 17 – August 7, 2019
Scope: Project Management
The civil rights, women’s, and LGBTQ movements have impacted every facet of US society, including architecture and design. Now What?! Advocacy, Activism & Alliances in American Architecture Since 1968 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 in critical conversations of history, progress, and the built environment. Now What?! acknowledges national and grassroots efforts by a wide coalition of organizations and professionals to change the face of architecture and design in the US.
In recent years, there has been a new wave of initiatives and advocacy emerging in the US that draw attention to these critical issues. This exhibition writes the overlooked histories of activist architects and organizations who were—and still are—at the forefront of the profession’s participation in larger social and political movements over the last 50 years, and suggests ways forward. This intersectional and interdisciplinary look at the design professions, draws historical connections and serves as the only comprehensive narrative of activism in US architecture and design that spans these generations and disparate causes. Now What?! offers an in-depth look at diversity and activism in the design professions since 1968, while crafting a space for public debate and dialogue that is interested in looking back as much as projecting forward.
The exhibition continues to travel across North America, incorporating local histories of the different cities it visits and telling the largely unknown history of how US architects and designers have responded to the major social movements of the late 20th century.
CO-PROSPERITY SPHERE, CHICAGO
September 13 – October 4, 2019
CORNELL UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, ART, AND PLANNING
October 14 – November 22, 2019
More locations to be announced
ROBERT H. SIEGEL GALLERY, PRATT INSTITUTE, BROOKLYN, NEW YORK
May 24 – JULY 6, 2018
WUHO GALLERY, WOODBURY UNIVERSITY, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
September – October 14, 2018
CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS, SAN FRANCISCO
November 29 - December 14, 2018
PETER GUO-HUA FU SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, MCGILL UNIVERSITY, MONTREAL, CA
February 12 – March 1, 2019
HOBART WILLIAM SMITH COLLEGE, GENEVA, NY
March 8 – April 12, 2019
UNIVERSITY OF BUFFALO SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE AND PLANNING
April 17 – June 1, 2019
Visit the exhibition website for more details: nowwhat-architexx.org.