The Davis Gallery’s current exhibit Now What?! Advocacy, Activism and Alliances in American Architecture since 1968 is a departure from the paintings and sculptures usually on display. This gallery, which is the first architecture focused installment the Davis Gallery has hosted, is an interactive exhibit which invites visitors to fill in the gaps on a timeline of the history of architecture that spans the walls of the gallery. The exhibit aims to draw attention to the contributions of women, people of color and LGBTQ+ in architecture which often goes unacknowledged. The interactive portion of the exhibit is refreshing since it is not often that museums or galleries acknowledge that those coming into the exhibition might have some degree of expertise to bring to the table as well.
In addition to drawing attention to those whose work has often gone overlooked in architecture, the gallery also aims to “inspire a new generation of design professionals to see themselves as agents of change by looking at the past to see new ways forward”. Hopefully galleries like Now What?! will help ensure that the work of everyone the current generation of architects is acknowledged from here on out.
Interested students can visit the Now What?! exhibit and make their own contributions to the timeline until April 12, 2019. The Davis Gallery is open Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Saturdays 1:30-4:30 p.m.