National Building Museum

Mabel the intersection of Representation and Tradition

Friday, September 23, 2022
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

In-person Program

Memorial to Enslaved Laborers_Mabel Wilson

How can architecture redefine our perception of history to include the voices of the silenced and the experiences of the powerless? In April of 2021, the dedication of the Memorial to Enslaved Laborers was the culmination of an 11-year student-driven movement to recognize the more than 4,000 enslaved people who built and maintained the campus of the University of Virginia. Join as Mabel O. Wilson, the Nancy and George E. Rupp Professor of Architecture, Planning and Preservation at Columbia University, and Malo A. Hutson, Dean of the UVA School of Architecture and Edward E. Elson Professor, have a discussion facilitated by Glenn LaRue Smith, FASLA, Co-Founder and Design Director of PUSH Studio, about Wilson's work on the Memorial and the ability of architecture to challenge tradition and redefine history.


$10 Museum Member | Free Student | $20 Non-member

By registering for this INTERSECTIONS program, you'll be entered into a raffle to win 2 FREE tickets to ARTECHOUSE's exhibition Ase: Afro Frequencies! You will also receive a special link for 20% off admission to the exhibition!

This program qualifies for 1.5 LU/HSW (AIA), 1.5 PDH (LA CES/ASLA).

Please note: online ticket sales end at 3pm on September 23. Additional tickets can be purchased day-of at the door starting at 6pm.

This program will be presented at the National Building Museum. Doors open at F street only at 6pm, program begins at 6:30pm and ends at 8pm. Program will be followed by a public reception.

For complimentary media access, please contact Karen Baratz, Baratz Communications. 

Spotlight on Design is generously supported by the Revada Foundation of the Logan Family, and the Anthony and Keiko Greenberg Foundation.

Image: Memorial for Enslaved Laborers, Suchak.

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