Dr. Michelle Joan Wilkinson is a curator at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, where she works on projects related to contemporary black life. Dr. Wilkinson is also developing the museum’s collections in architecture and design, and recently completed a Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Previously, she spent six years as director of Collections and Exhibitions at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture, and she has also worked at the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the Studio Museum in Harlem. Her most recent research explores issues of representation in architectural renderings. She is the lead organizer of the symposium Shifting the Landscape: Black Architects and Planners, 1968 to Now.
About the Show
Developed by the African American Design Nexus at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, The Nexus is a podcast that explores the intersection of design, identity, and practice through conversations with Black designers, writers and educators. The Nexus is produced in conjunction with a commitment by the Frances Loeb Library to acquire and create an open-access bibliography of various media suggested by the GSD community on the intersection between race and design.