Amanda Williams, Artist / Architect / Educator / Activist

Color(ed) Theory
M 03 October 2016  |  6:30pm  |  Kresge Theatre (map)
Alan H Rider Distinguished Lecture

AMANDA WILLIAMS jumped to the forefront of multidisciplinary design practice with her project, Color(ed) Theory, included in the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial. A site-specific commentary on the spatial implications of race, class, and opportunity in a city divided, houses slated for demolition were painted in bright hues to activate vacant and unused blocks while interrogating their history and meaning within our shared cultural context. Williams has always bridged divergent worlds in her life and her work: growing up in the Auburn-Gresham neighborhood and attending an Ivy-League university (Cornell); practicing architecture while engaging with artistic practice; working anonymously and illegally then being embraced by the establishment. Williams is adjunct professor at IIT, 2016 Pulitzer Arts Foundation Winner, and visiting professor at the Sam Fox School at Washington University.