Showing at WUHO through October 15, 2018.
The civil rights, women’s, and LGBTQ movements 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.
After debuting in May at Pratt Institute, the show will open with new material
added in Los Angeles on September 1, 2018 at Woodbury University’s WUHO
Gallery, with an opening reception on September 8. After opening in Los Angeles
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.
See www.nowwhat-architexx.org for more information and travelling venues.
Organizers: Lori A. Brown, Andrea J. Merrett, Sarah Rafson, Roberta Washington
Los Angeles Liaison: Nina Briggs
Curatorial Advisors: S. Surface, Pascale Sablan
Exhibition Designers: Michele Gorman, Florencia Vetcher, Lisa J. Maione,
ArchiteXX is a non-profit, independent organization that aims to transform the
discipline for women in architecture by bridging the academy and practice.