Now What?! Advocacy, Activism & Alliances in American Architecture since 1968

ArchiteXX, New York

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
Opening Venue: Hazel and Robert H. Siegel Gallery, Higgins Hall, 61 Saint James Place, Brooklyn, NY
Date: May 24 – July 6, 2018
Scope: Project Management


Press Release

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.

We’re thrilled to announce that after the sudden cancellation of our exhibition in the spring, Now What?! Advocacy, Activism, and Alliances in American Architecture since 1968 will debut in New York with a summer pop up opening May 24– July 6, 2018 in the Siegel Gallery in Pratt Institute’s Higgins Hall61 St. James Place, Brooklyn. For our many friends and colleagues traveling to New York for the AIA convention, Now What?! is only a short subway ride away.

After opening in New York the exhibition will travel, 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.

TRAVEL

ROBERT H. SIEGEL GALLERY, PRATT INSTITUTE, BROOKLYN, NEW YORK

May 24 – JULY 6, 2018

WUHO GALLERY, WOODBURY UNIVERSITY, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

SEPTEMBER 3 – 28, 2018

CALIFORNIA COLLEGE OF THE ARTS, SAN FRANCISCO

Fall 2018

PETER GUO-HUA FU SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, MCGILL UNIVERSITY, MONTREAL

February 12 – March 1, 2019

More locations to be announced

EVENTS

Now What?! opening night, Thursday, May 24, 6–8pm, Pratt Institute, Robert H. Siegel Gallery, 61 Saint James Place, Brooklyn, New York

Opening night presentations by exhibition curators, Lori Brown, Andrea Merrett, and Sarah Rafson. A list of updated programming to come!

PRESS

Metropolis Magazine

Visit the exhibition website for more details: nowwhat-architexx.org

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