The new exhibition Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America at the Museum of Modern Art in New York reframes architecture from the perspective of Black people. The artists whose work makes up the exhibition decided that its implications couldn’t just be theoretical.
At one of their first gatherings, the artists formed the Black Reconstruction Collective, and they’re now in the process of creating a support structure and opportunities for other Black architects and designers to reimagine what architecture from the Black perspective can be.
The artists exhibited in the show—Emanuel Admassu, Germane Barnes, Sekou Cooke, J. Yolande Daniels, Felecia Davis, Mario Gooden, David Hartt, Walter Hood, Olalekan Jeyifous, V. Mitch McEwen, and Amanda Williams—want the exhibition’s impact to live on beyond its time at MoMA, which ends May 31. In a recent interview, three members explained how the collective formed and what it hopes to do.