Letterform Lecture Series with Silas Munro

W.E.B. Du Bois's Data Portraits: Visualizing Black America
Event detail
Add to my calendar
 

W.E.B. Du Bois was a prolific author, renowned sociologist, fierce civil rights advocate, co-founder of the NAACP, and a historian of black lives. He was also a pioneer in data visualization. Working with ink, gouache, graphite, and photographic prints, Du Bois, his students, and his alumni collaborators at Atlanta University generated crisp, dynamic, and modern graphics as a form of infographic activism. 63 brightly colored broadsheets were exhibited in Paris and made 20 years before the founding of the Bauhaus. These visualizations offer a prototype of design practices now vital in our contemporary world.

Silas Munro engages multi-modal practices that inspire people to elevate themselves and improve society. Munro's design studio Poly-Mode has designed identities and publications for exhibitions of Jacob Lawrence at MoMa, Mark Bradford at the Venice Biennale. His forthcoming commissions include: The Great Force for the ICA at VCU in 2019 and Willi Smith: Street Couture for the Cooper Hewitt in 2020. His writings have appeared in Slanted, The Walker Reader, and his book W.E.B. Du Bois's Data Portraits: Visualizing Black America. He is particularly interested in the Post-Colonial relationship between design and marginalized communities. He is an Assistant Professor at Otis College of Art and Design and an Advisor and Chair Emeritus at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Upcoming Events

Letterform Lecture Series with John Stevens
Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 6:00 pm
Main Library, Koret Auditorium
Coloring for Adults/Family
Friday, November 22, 2019, 3:30 pm
Ingleside, Ingleside Meeting Room
Craft: Watercolor Painting with NEXT Village
Friday, December 6, 2019, 1:00 pm
North Beach, North Beach Meeting Room

More related events

Current Exhibits

10 Years of the SFAC Galleries Passport Event
Through Thursday, January 2, 2020
Main Library, Art, Music & Recreation Center
Gallery of Illustrious Queers
Through Thursday, January 16, 2020
Main Library, LGBTQIA Center Exhibit Space
All That Glitters Is Not Gold:
Through Thursday, January 2, 2020
Main Library, San Francisco History Center
Take our survey