CONTEMPORARY BLACK ARCHITECTS of USA, the AMERICAS, EUROPE, and AFRICA
The landmark exhibition, DESIGN DIASPORA: BLACK ARCHITECTS AND INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE 1970-1990, was curated by Carolyn Armenta Davis.It was the first to present contemporary designs of 50 Black architects from 11 countries in the Americas, Europe and Africa.
It focused on the achievements in architecture on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean after the catalytic sixties civil rights and de-colonization movements. Shown were the creations of 35 Black architects from the USA plus l5 of their colleagues from the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, Canada, Jamaica, Brazil, Nigeria, Senegal, Cameroon and South Africa.
The exhibition of architectural photographs, drawings, and models toured 20 venues in USA, South America, Africa, and Europe.It received critical acclaim from audiences and media from Progressive Architecture, which stated the exhibit –"is impressive for the diversity of achievements it reveals"... to… The New York Times' headline observing... "The Influence of Black Architects”.
The architecture was selected from an international call for submissions of built projects designed in Black-owned architectural studios between 1970 and 1990. Over 280 worldwide projects were submitted. The 70 designs selected included: schools in Detroit, Houston and East Transvaal (South Africa); transportation facilities in Boston and Chicago; housing in Philadelphia, Fukuoka (Japan), Salvador-Bahia (Brazil), London, Ikoyi (Nigeria), Chicago, and Amsterdam; medical clinics in Bobigny (France) and Marienburg (Suriname); recreational sites in Maumee (USA) and Ochos Rios (Jamaica); businesses in Miami, Toronto and Dakar (Senegal); and a church in Wichita (USA).
DESIGN DIASPORA: BLACK ARCHITECTS AND INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURE 1970-1990
15 June - 22 August 1993, Chicago, Illinois, USA Chicago Athenaeum: The Museum of Architecture and Design
l6 September - 1 October 1993, Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA La Bienal Internacional de Architectura
l9 September - 23 December 1994, Philadelphia, PA, USA Afro-American Historical and Culture Museum
9 January - 21 April 1995, FRANCE Paris - Ecole d'Architecture de Paris-Conflans Nancy - Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts de Nancy Marseilles - Ecole d'Architecture de Marseille Rouen-Foire Internationale/Ecole d'Architecture de Normandie
13 October - 11 November 1995, Nairobi, KENYA University of Nairobi--African Union of Architects
1 February - 1 March 1996, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA, University of Nebraska
1 February - 15 March 1996, Munich, GERMANY Amerika Haus Munich
18 May - 14 July 1996, Buffalo, New York, USA Burchfield Art Center- The Museum for Western New York Arts
26 June -1 September 1996, Dallas, Texas, USA Museum of African American Life and Culture
23 September - 11 October 1996, Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA University of Cape Town, School of Architecture
4 - 23 November 1996, Belfast, N. Ireland, UK Belfast Festival at Queen's University-Architecture
14 March - 4 April 1997, London, England, UK The American College in London Gallery of Art and Design
20 July - 14 September 1997, Columbus, Indiana, USA Indianapolis Museum of Art/Columbus Gallery
October 1997- February 1998, BRAZIL Salvador-Bahia - Museu de Arte Moderna da Bahia Curitiba - XV Congresso Brasilerio de Arquitetos Rio de Janeiro - Instituto dos Arquitetos do Brasildo
February 14 - April 21, 2000, Chicago, IL, USA Chicago State University, University and President's Galleries