The Corner

January 18, 2019

The Corner: Spatial Aesthetics and Black Bodies in Place

Public Lecture by
Brandi Thompson Summers

Assistant Professor of African American Studies
Virginia Commonwealth University

Lawrence Hall 206, 5:00-6:30pm

This talk focuses on public space and describes the ways in which various forms of power and the aestheticization of everyday life are linked to the control of space and place. It also considers the production of racial aesthetics through the management of black excess along the H Street NE corridor, a historic and rapidly-gentrifying area of Washington, DC. The talk discusses the multiple ways black bodies inhabit the street in an intimate manner – how public space is transformed by private acts often deemed aberrant. Where physical imaginations of the street are enforced as linear, blackness renders the street a site of paranoia, crime, danger, and excitement.

About the speaker:
Brandi Thompson Summers is Assistant Professor of African American Studies and Associate Executive Director of the Institute for Inclusion, Inquiry and Innovation at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is also co-founder of TEXTURES, a pop-up material culture lab creating and curating content at the intersections of fashion, bodies, and the built environment.