Mark Rakatansky and Mabel O. Wilson: Monuments, Monumentality, Monumentalization

Sunday 14 June, 2015
4pm, $10

Dia: Chelsea
535 West 22 Street, Floor 5

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Mark Rakatansky is a writer and principal of Mark Rakatansky Studio. His designs and writings have appeared inANY, Assemblage, Camerawork, Journal of Philosophy and the Visual Arts, and The Harvard Architecture Review. His work was included in the Gwangju Design Biennale, South Korea (2009), and the Venice Biennale (2001) and has been exhibited at the Yale School of Architecture Gallery, New Haven (2002); The Urban Center, New York (2001); and the School of the Arts and Architecture, University of California at Los Angeles (1998). He teaches at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation; Parsons The New School for Design; and Pratt Institute. He is the author of Tectonic Acts of Desire and Doubt (2012), the ninth volume in the Architecture Words series of the Architectural Association. His current book project explores performative modes in Italian architecture during the sixteenth, eighteenth, and twentieth centuries.

Mabel O. Wilson is the Nancy and George E. Rupp Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation at Columbia University, where she is also the founding director of the Applied Research Practices in Architecture program, codirector of the Global Africa Lab, and a senior fellow at the Institute for Research in African American Studies. She also explores urbanization, new technologies, and globalization in African cities through her collaborative design practices, KW: a and Studio &. In 2012, she published Negro Building: Black Americans in the World of Fairs and Museums. Wilson’s current book project, Building Race and Nation: How Slavery Influenced the Civic Architecture of Antebellum America, will be published in 2016.


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