Category Archive: Washington, DC

Who We’re Listening To…Caesar McDowell and the Intelligent, Equitable City

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Not too long ago, at a forum sponsored by the National Building Museum, the Rockefeller Foundation, and IBM on “Intelligent Cities,” Caesar McDowell delivered a presentation touching on three projected trends of future global… Continue reading

The Psychogeography of the iPhone

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A year ago January, I started what I intended to be a year-long art project during which I would record my paths through the city each day. My plan was to take the… Continue reading

The Secret Conversations of Black Gentrifiers

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This is a new type of entry, which we call Conversations. Each month, we will choose an article from another source, send it out to a group of people, and post the conversation… Continue reading

Making the B(r)and: Selling Cultural Geography

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This is an entry by Amber N. Wiley, an urban and architectural historian who examines the intersections of race, class, cultural production, and collective memory.                    … Continue reading

The ‘Thorny Path’ to National Museum of African American History and Culture is a Good Sign

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Perhaps the most profound feature of the forthcoming National Museum of African-American History and Culture, scheduled to be complete by 2015, is its geographic location on the National Mall. Its insertion within this… Continue reading

National Exhibit on Queer Difference/Desire in American Art

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There’s only one month left (through February 11, 2011) to see the National Portrait Gallery’s ground-breaking exhibit on queer experiences as captured by American artists – Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture.… Continue reading

Essay: Why the Public Realm Must be Queered

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It’s hard to talk about queer space without first discussing the closet, the most powerful contemporary queer space, even though it is a psychological one.  The closet not only represents the first queer space queer… Continue reading