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New Book Spotlight: An Anthology of Blackness : The State of Black Design & A Site of Struggle : American Art against Anti-Black Violence

by Dana Bjorklund on 2023-11-16T00:00:00-05:00 in Library Resources | 0 Comments

Cover ArtAn Anthology of Blackness : The State of Black Design 

Edited by Terresa Moses and Omari Souza

Call Number: NK 1520 .A58 2023
 
Edited by CIA graduate Omari Souza '15, an Anthology of Blackness examines the intersection of Black identity and practice, probing why the design field has failed to attract Black professionals, how Eurocentric hegemony impacts Black professionals, and how Black designers can create an anti-racist design industry. Contributing authors and creators demonstrate how to develop a pro-Black design practice of inclusivity, including Black representation in designed media, anti-racist pedagogy, and radical self-care. Through autoethnography, lived experience, scholarship, and applied research, these contributors share proven methods for creating an anti-racist and inclusive design practice.
 
The contributions in An Anthology of Blackness include essays, opinion pieces, case studies, and visual narratives. Many contributors write from an intersectional perspective on race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and ability. Each section of the book expands on community-driven concerns about the state of the design industry, design pedagogy, and design activism. Ultimately, this articulated intersection of Black identity and Black design practice reveals the power of resistance, community, and solidarity--and the hope for a more equitable future. With a foreword written by design luminary Elizabeth (Dori) Tunstall, An Anthology of Blackness is a pioneering contribution to the literature of social justice.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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A Site of Struggle

edited by Janet Dees

Call Number: N 6538 .A35 S58 2022
 
From the horrors of slavery and lynching to the violent suppression of civil rights struggles and recent acts of police brutality, violence targeting Black lives has been an ever-present fact in American history. Images of African American suffering and death have constituted an enduring part of the nation's cultural landscape, and the development of creative counterpoints to these images has been an ongoing concern for American artists. Investigating the conceptual and aesthetic strategies artists have used to engage with the issue of anti-Black violence, A Site of Struggle highlights diverse works of art and ephemera from the post-Reconstruction period of the late nineteenth century to the founding of the Black Lives Matter movement and offers new perspectives from the fields of African American studies, art history, communications, and history.

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