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Thursday, Apr 28, 2022

Spring 2022 Sciame Lecture Series: Cameron Rowland

2015 MOCA REAL ESTATE ACQUISITION

 

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Online - Zoom meeting

 

Please join us for the new SCIAME Lecture Series, titled Radical Black Space. "2015 MOCA REAL ESTATE ACQUISITION" will feature Cameron Rowland.

Free and open to the public - Register below.

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Cameron Rowland (American, born 1988) creates work that centers on the material operations of racial capitalism that order everyday life. Rowland’s work relies on a materialist approach to the conditions of production that structure both institutions of subjection as well as their refusal. The work is grounded in a critique of property, and the capacity for art to function as a medium of this critique.

Rowland’s work has been exhibited in solo exhibitions at the Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Kunsthalle Freiburg, Switzerland; and Artists Space, New York, among others. Their work has recently been included in group exhibitions at Mudam, Luxembourg; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and Museum of Fine Art, Houston; as well as others. Rowland is a 2019 MacArthur fellow and currently lives and works in New York.

Lecture Abstract: Beginning in 1933 risk assessment maps developed by the Home Owners' Loan Corporation directly influenced the mortgage lending of private banks, the Federal Housing Administration, and the Veterans Administration. The restriction of financing on the basis of race became known as redlining. The Federal Housing Administration used and continued to update the maps, continued the HOLC’s use of race and the criteria of “inharmonious racial groups” in their ratings, and recommended the use of racially restrictive covenants. Redlining codified the use of racial discrimination to enhance real estate markets and formalized segregation as federal policy. It also incepted redevelopment projects that resulted in widespread displacement, dislocation, and dispossession. Like sharecropping, redlining systematically maintained racial-economic subordination to white citizens, federally defining the terms of property ownership on the basis of race.

Series Theme -- Radical Black Space: The Spring 2022 Sciame Lecture series, themed Radical Black Space, brings together architects, preservationists, planners, artists, and historians of color at a precipitous moment. The Movement for Black Lives demands that Americans from all walks of life confront racism and its sordid impact on constructed environments, and understand the rich, vital tradition of Black resistance, innovation, and creativity. Speakers will touch on many questions: How do the places and things made by African Americans disrupt the racial status quo in the United States? How is difference celebrated? How is equity imagined and achieved? What constitutes anti-racist spatial practice? Radical Black Space shows that the Black radical tradition is alive in art and architecture, and that having a handle on Black history is essential to understanding the present and shaping the future. Join us to find revolution in the everyday and to recognize the extraordinary places and objects that Black Americans make and the stories they tell about themselves. Radical Black Space is convened by Marta Gutman and Jerome Haferd.

Sciame Lecture Series with additional funding provided by the Bernard & Anne Spitzer School of Architecture Fund.

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