Minneapolis, MN—September, 10—The Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD), in conjunction with the Hennepin Theatre Trust, is pleased to host As, Not For: Dethroning Our Absolutes, an exhibition curated by Jerome Harris. Conceived of as an “incomplete historical survey of work created by African-American graphic designers over the last century,” 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 will be hosting half of the more than forty posters in the exhibition, the other half will be on view concurrently in the Hennepin Theatre District at 800 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis.

Harris will be giving a talk about the exhibition and his own graphic design practice on Friday, October 18 at 1:00 p.m. that is open to the general public. He will be working with MCAD students on a zine workshop on Saturday, October 19 and the students will be installing the exhibition on Saturday afternoon.

Event Details
When: Friday, October 18–Sunday, November 10, 2019
Where: MCAD Main Gallery, 2501 Stevens Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404
Artist Talk with Jerome Harris: Friday, October 18, 12:00 p.m., Auditorium 150
Who: Free and open to the public

About Jerome Harris

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.


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