Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America


An exploration of architecture, urbanism, Blackness and anti-Black racism in the United States. Featured projects and texts reimagine how individuals and communities have mobilised Black cultural spaces, forms, and practices as sites of imagination, liberation, resistance, and refusal


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During the Museum of Modern Art’s 90-year history, African American architects and designers have had little to no purchase in its permanent collection and exhibition histories, reflective of larger trends in museum and architectural discourses at large. The exclusion of Black architects and designers from the academic imagination have largely been waylaid in favor of dominant formalist and stylistic concerns. This book, conceived as a field guide to accompany the exhibition at MoMA, examines how contemporary architecture may address the varied contexts of systemic anti-Black racism that have fostered violent histories of discrimination and injustice in the United States. The invited contributors reimagine the legacies of race-based dispossession in ten American cities and how individuals and communities across the United States have mobilized Black cultural spaces, forms, and practices as sites of imagination, liberation, resistance, and refusal. The catalogue will feature a portfolio of new photographs by artist David Hartt.

Additional information

Weight 708 g
Dimensions 20.9 x 25.7 cm
Publisher name The Museum of Modern Art
Publication date 27 April 2021
Number of pages 176
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Edited by Sean Anderson and Mabel O. Wilson, Preface by Robin D. G. Kelley, Text by Emanuel Admassu, Germane Barnes, Adrienne Brown, Sekou Cooke, Milton S. F. Curry, J. Yolande Daniels, Charles Davis II, Felecia Davis, Arièle Dionne-Krosnick, Aruna D’ Souza, Ifeoma Ebo, Tonya Foster, Mario Gooden, Dianne Harris, Walter Hood, Olalekan Jeyifous, V. Mitch McEwen, Justin Garrett Moore, David Naguib Pellow, Jennifer Newsom Carruthers, Audrey Petty, Christina Sharpe, Carla Shedd, Roberta Washington, Michelle Joan Wilkinson, and Amanda Williams, Photographs by David Hartt
Dimensions 20.9 x 25.7 cm
Weight 708 g


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Sean Anderson is Associate Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Mabel O. Wilson is the Nancy and George Rupp Professor in Architecture at Columbia University.