Tag: Architecture

Something That Must Be Faced

Something That Must Be Faced

Claire Raymond

Giving fresh attention to Carrie Mae Weems's photography, this photo essay focuses on the artist's critical engagement with architecture through a series of black and white images in the "Louisiana Project." We argue that by contrasting the built environment of Greek Revival houses with industrial and impoverished neighborhood spaces in and around New Orleans, Weems leverages a subtle and searing critique of entrenched systems of racism and racial oppression. The photographs, centered on a mysterious witness figure dressed in period clothing and portrayed by Weems herself, point out long-lasting effects of racial hierarchy expressed in architectural and preservationist practices. Weems's critical subjectivity evokes the colonized body trapped in a mythos that created and still, in the twenty-first century, sustains systemic racism in economic and social modalities, particularly in the southeastern United States. Our article interprets Weems's photography, here, as an indictment of and a protest against continuing patterns of racism.

How to Build a Home

How to Build a Home

Cici Cheng

This photo essay presents the moments and changes that the artist and her family have experienced during the modification of their very first home in the United States. It is based on the artist's exploration of cultural identity and understanding of what home means to a person. Having arrived to the United States as a child and adjusted to a new culture and community, the artist reflects on her immigrant parents finally being on the path to achieving the American Dream, the contrast of living in two different cultures, and discovering her identity and place.

The Grey Gardens of the South

The Grey Gardens of the South

Karen Cox
Build It Together

Build It Together

Southern Cultures

In 2017, the Center for the Study of the American South hosted Philip Freelon & Pierce Freelon in conversation for the Charleston Lecture in Southern Affairs. We were grateful to have witnessed Philip Freelon's generosity and deep humanity as he and his son discussed creativity, community, and the artistry of architecture (among other topics) in front of an audience of friends and admirers.

Studio Visit: Phil Freelon and Pierce Freelon

Studio Visit: Phil Freelon and Pierce Freelon

North Carolina Arts Council
A Guide to the Historic Architecture of Eastern North Carolina, and: A Guide to the Historic Architecture of Western North Carolina, and: A Guide to the Historic Architecture of Piedmont North Carolina ed. by Catherine W. Bishir and Michael T. Southern (Review)

A Guide to the Historic Architecture of Eastern North Carolina, and: A Guide to the Historic Architecture of Western North Carolina, and: A Guide to the Historic Architecture of Piedmont North Carolina ed. by Catherine W. Bishir and Michael T. Southern (Review)

William S. Price
Promoting the Gothic South

Promoting the Gothic South

Rebecca C. McIntyre
Lacy Charm in Old Mobile: The Historic Cast Iron of Alabama’s First City

Lacy Charm in Old Mobile: The Historic Cast Iron of Alabama’s First City

John S. Sledge
The Discovery of an Architect: Duke University and Julian F. Abele

The Discovery of an Architect: Duke University and Julian F. Abele

William E. King
Home of the Double-Headed Eagle: The Visionary Vernacular Architecture of Reverend H.D. Dennis and Margaret Dennis

Home of the Double-Headed Eagle: The Visionary Vernacular Architecture of Reverend H.D. Dennis and Margaret Dennis

Ali Colleen Neff