Mitchell Lecture Series: Jackie Joseph Paul McFarland in conversation with the students of NOMAS SAIC
Wednesday, April 7 at 12:30pm
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Jackie Joseph Paul McFarland is an American artist/designer who explores the relationship of Blackness to the built environment. He is especially interested in speculative architecture explored through the lens of Afrofuturism as a means of celebrating and liberating African-Americans. Jackie is deeply interested in teaching, specifically in ways of diversifying architecture pedagogical practices, and he has written journal articles on the subject. Currently, he is creating sculptural pieces that he refers to as Ancestral Antennae. The work is meditative, and the pieces weave together reflections of his past, understandings of his present, and dreams of his future. Jackie received his Master of Architecture degree from Portland State University and his Master of Fine Art from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has also taught at Portland State University as an Adjunct Instructor.
Jackie will discuss his recent work in conversation with students Mia Henry and María Jesús Amo Soria of SAIC's chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students. This 2021 Mitchell Lecture is co-curated by NOMAS SAIC as part of the AIADO Hallway Gallery 2020-21 series entitled Modified In-Personhood. As a play on the phrase “modified in-person” that describes the School’s approach to a social-distanced course delivery mode in the time of COVID, this series explores emerging spatial practices surrounding the construction of expansive personhoods, empowered identities, and liberated communities.