11 March 2021 

Free Course Alert: ‘Reimagining Blackness and Architecture’ by MOMA

Reimagining Blackness and Architecture

A new online course from the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), Reimagining Blackness and Architecture, has been launched to explore the relationship between architecture and Blackness. The foundation of the course centers 10 architects from the Black Reconstruction Collective and works from their current exhibit Reconstructions: Architecture and Blackness in America showing at the MOMA until May 31st, 2021. Weaving between architecture, fashion, film, Hip Hop and literature; the beginners course explores Blackness as an identity and a lived experience, and the ways that African Americans have contributed to the material culture of modern architecture.

All you have to do is create a Coursera account and select the audit course mode to complete the class for free. If you want to show off your certificate to the homies you will be asked to pay a $50.00 USD fee. The course is taught by Sean Anderson, Associate Curator of The Museum of Modern Art and Arlette Hernandez, Volkswagen Fellow for Digital Learning at The Museum of Modern Art.

Reimagining Blackness and Architecture is structured around five themes: Imagination, Care, Knowledge, Refusal, and Liberation. Each week, through original films, audio interviews, and readings, you’ll expand your understanding of architecture as a practice that reaches across time, place, and form. Creative activities and prompts for reflection will encourage you to consider your own role in shaping your communities.

In the course you’ll hear directly from Black artists, architects, scholars, and writers who highlight the ways Black makers have changed the world. You’ll learn how architects are working to transform American cities into more equitable places using everything from textiles, Hip Hop, and fiction to spices and spaceships. And you’ll hear from an international range of artists, who create spaces for their communities and make visible the stories of Black life in their work.

Reimagining Blackness and Architecture asks how race and racism shape architecture and the built environment, and the role we as individuals play in creating a just and equitable world. If you take the class let us know how it goes with a DM or post! We’re jumping in as well.


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