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As, Not For: Dethroning Our Absolutes

Curated by Jerome Harris
Exhibition:
Friday, October 18Sunday, November 10
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Visiting Artist Talk:

Friday, October 18
Auditorium 150
1:00 p.m.

As, Not For is an incomplete historical survey of work created by African-American graphic designers over the last century. Curated by Jerome Harris, the exhibition highlights select designers who utilize modernist and Bauhausian methods or more intuitive techniques to create work that ranges from commercially accessible design to avant-garde graphic experimentation. These practitioners are absent in too many classroom lectures and their methods go mostly invisible or uncredited in the field. This exhibition aims to promote the inclusion of neglected Black practitioners and their developed methodologies and to challenge the practitioners and their developed methodologies and to challenge the ubiquity of White and anti-Black aesthetics in our designed world.

MCAD Gallery is proud to host half of the more than forty posters in the exhibition, the other half will be on view concurrently in the Hennepin Theatre District at 8th and Hennepin, Minneapolis. 

Jerome Harris is a graphic designer originally from New Haven, Connecticut, currently based in Brooklyn, New York. He holds an MFA in Graphic Design from Yale University and a BA from Temple University. Harris is the Design Director of Housing Works, a non-profit organization fighting the dual crises of HIV/AIDS and homelessness in New York City. His touring exhibition, As, Not For, has been highlighted on Afropunk, AIGA Eye on Design, and Cooper Hewitt, and reviewed in Bmore Art, Creative Review, and Dexigner. Harris DJs under the moniker DJ Glen Coco, and maintains an ongoing choreographic practice that he shares on Instagram at @32counts. www.jwhgd.co