• Manifest: A Journal of the Americas, Issues 4–5
    Anthony Acciavatti, Dan Handel, and Enrique Ramirez
    Manifest Institute of the Americas, 2022
    Manifest Institute of the Americas

Asahel Curtis, “Charles White in canoe get ready to harpoon a whale off the coast of Washington,” ca. 1930. Courtesy University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections Division. Photo: Asahel Curtis

Following the first three issues of Manifest: A Journal of the Americas, the Manifest Institute of the Americas was founded in 2021 to explore and develop new education and outreach programs dedicated to art, architecture, urbanism, literature, and landscape design in the Americas. These have taken the form of innovative and collaborative online programs that introduced new audiences to artists, designers, and scholars dedicated to domains of making and meaning in the Americas. Building on these endeavors, this new Manifest Institute initiative prints additional issues of its journal, increases the print production runs, expands the advisory committees, and makes portions of previous issues of the journal available online.

Anthony Acciavatti is the Diana Balmori Assistant Professor at Yale University. He is the author of the award winning Ganges Water Machine: Designing New India’s Ancient River (Applied Research + Design, 2015) and is a founding partner of Somatic Collaborative in New York City.

Dan Handel is an architect and curator whose work focuses on research-based exhibitions with special attention to underexplored ideas, figures, and practices that shape contemporary built environments. Recently he worked on the Graham Foundation supported research project, Carpet Space, developed into the exhibition The Design of Carpets that Design Us at the Canadian Centre for Architecture.

Enrique Ramirez is a writer and a historian of art and architecture. His work considers histories of buildings, cities, and landscapes alongside larger cultures of textual and literary production in Europe and the Americas from the Renaissance onwards. He is visiting associate professor at Pratt Institute School of Architecture.

Manifest Institute of the Americas is dedicated to creating a new kind of environment for the study of the art, architecture, and cities of the Americas. Founded by Anthony Acciavatti, Dan Handel, and Enrique Ramirez, Manifest Institute enriches the public domain through  publications, exhibitions, and public programs. Through its activities, the Manifest Institute of the Americas seeks to foster critical and imaginative conversations about American space and the forms and ideas which it animates.