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Mabel O. Wilson is an associate professor of architecture at Columbia University's Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation, where she directs the program for Advanced Architectural Research. Before taking this position, she served as chair of CCA's Graduate Program in Visual and Critical Studies.
Her latest book, Negro Building: Black Americans in the World of Fairs and Museums, focuses on black Americans’ participation in world’s fairs, emancipation expositions, and early black grassroots museums. It traces the evolution of black public history from the Civil War through the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.
Wilson gives voice to the men and women who curated black-affirmative cultural events, created new institutions, and interrogated what it meant to be black and American. Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Du Bois, Ida B. Wells, A. Philip Randolph, Horace Cayton, and Margaret Burroughs number among the protagonists.
The 2012-13 Architecture Lecture Series is funded by Grants for the Arts / San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP; Jensen Architects; John Marx / Form4 Architecture; Perkins+Will; Pfau Long Architecture Ltd.; STUDIOS Architecture; WSP Flack+Kurtz; ARCH Art Supply; BraytonHughes Design Studios; GCI; Long & Levit LLP; SFMOMA A+D Forum; Tom Eliot Fisch; Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture; Blasen Landscape Architecture; John A. Raeber, Architectural Specifications; and Ratcliff.