Monday, February 21, 2011

Darell Fields talk on Black Architecture South Dallas Cultural Center Theater
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Architect Darell Fields will conduct a talk in conjunction with his exhibition at UTD CentralTrak Gallery "Black Architecture Project". The exhibition is a theoretical examination of race and architecture, and its presentation is heavily informed by his upbringing and background in South Dallas. Both his mother's and grandmother's South Dallas houses - one destroyed, one still existing - were important places in his personal history and the locus of events that shaped his life and the direction it has taken.
Black Architecture Project
Having no authentic face of its own, blackness can never appear in front of the mask it creates. This is not a failing but one of the characteristic features of its aesthetic technique. But blackness itself is almost always misunderstood as being strictly racial and social. In aesthetics, however, blackness can be found to be a source of creativity and invention for any number of disciplines-including architecture. The Black Architecture Project (the exhibit), makes transparent the interrelationship between black aesthetic technique, the mask, and architectural form.

Darell Fields was born and raised in Dallas, Texas and graduated from Skyline High School. After graduating from the University of Texas at Arlington with honors in 1985, he pursued a Masters and PhD degree at the Graduate School of Design (GSD) at Harvard University where he graduated with distinction in 1988 and received the Henry Adams Medal, the architecture department's highest academic honor. Upon graduation from Harvard, Fields returned to Dallas where he was an architectural designer for RTKL Associates. From 1989 until 2009, Fields taught at several institutions including Harvard GSD, Arizona State University, Northeastern University, the University of Arkansas, and the California College of Art.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 at 6:30 pm. Free
South Dallas Cultural Center Theater

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