City Tech Celebrates Black History Month With A New Exhibition At The Grace Gallery

Credit Andrew Copeland, MICA Communications

A new exhibition will be held at City Tech’s Grace Gallery from February 19 through March 29, 2019, with a special reception with the curator on March 1st from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Curated by Jerome Harris and organized by George Garrastegui of the College’s Communication Design department, As, Not For is an incomplete historical survey of work created by African-American graphic designers spanning the last century.

The Exhibition, a series of uniformly scaled 24″ x 36″ reproductions of African American graphic designs spanning the past century, increases exposure to Black graphic designers’ works and techniques, which all too often are neglected, due to their frequent absence from syllabi and lectures. As, Not For reflects on ubiquitous social ignorance toward Black art, as outlined in the 1970s exhibition Ritual: Baptismal in Black, and encourages individual expression—rather than conformity to racial generalizations—amongst African Americans. The exhibition challenges the systematic exclusion and historical omission of Black graphic design and their overall impact on graphic design. Ultimately, though, it activates and challenges the design community to promote the deep history, design theory and aesthetics of African Americans.

As, Not For is curated by Jerome Harris and organized at City Tech by George Garrastegui.

At the Grace Gallery, 11th Floor, Namm Building
New York City College of Technology, 300 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY
From February 19 to March 29, 2019
Special reception with the curator on March 1, 2019 from 5:30pm-8:30pm