Featuring architects Imani Day, Mario Gooden, and Mitch McEwen and poet Robin Coste Lewis. Presented as part of "Why Does Black Art Matter Now?"
Imani Day is a designer who graduated from Cornell in 2011 with a strong interest in innovative, experimental, cultural design work. After living and working in New York for almost nine years, Day moved to Detroit to make her mark as a critical thinker and change agent in the ever-evolving Motorcity.
Mario Gooden is a principal of Huff + Gooden Architects and a Professor of Practice at Columbia University. He has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the MacDowell Colony and is the author of Dark Space: Architecture, Representation, Black Identity (Columbia University Press, 2016). His firm’s work has been widely featured in publications and exhibits.
Robin Coste Lewis is the author of Voyage of the Sable Venus (Knopf, 2015), winner of the National Book Award. She is a Provost’s Fellow in Poetry and Visual Studies at the University of Southern California.
Mitch McEwen’s work has been at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit. Her work has garnered awards from the Graham Foundation and the Knight Foundation and been featured in Architectural Record, the New York Times, ARTNews, and Log. She is Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Michigan.
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