“The Architecture of Antiblackness in Steve McQueen’s Deadpan”
Patricia Ekpo, American Studies
The structural antagonism of anti-Blackness shapes and constitutes space and the built environment. This talk explores the filmic and installation space of Steve McQueen’s 1997 short film Deadpan and maps the multiple violent encounters necessary for the coherence of built-space in civil society.
“Dis/Appearing: Deindustrialization and Alvin Baltrop’s Piers Photographs”
Mia Kang, History of Art
From 1975-1986, Alvin Baltrop photographed the life of New York City’s West Side Piers, then a popular site for gay cruising. This talk will focus on how the physical and social architecture of the piers dis/appears in Baltrop’s practice, engendered by deindustrialization, urban planning practices, and New York City’s fiscal crisis.