Madlener House
4 West Burton Place
Chicago, Illinois 60610
Telephone: 312.787.4071


Mario Gooden
Oct 24, 2018 (6pm)

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Above all, architecture is a spatial performance. This talk suggests that if architecture engages space-making then it must engage the idea of liberation as a spatial practice or performance, much as Michel Foucault said that liberty is a practice. Gooden explores relationships between architecture and performance that liberates otherness and challenges the hegemony of Western thought and cultural imagination.

Mario Gooden is a cultural practice architect and sole principal of Huff + Gooden Architects. His practice engages the cultural landscape and the intersectionality of architecture, race, gender, sexuality, and technology.  His work crosses the thresholds between the design of architecture and the built environment, writing, research, speaking, performance, and education advocacy in the pursuit of spatial and social justice.  Gooden is also a Professor of Practice at the Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation of Columbia University where he is a co-director of the Global Africa Lab (GAL). He teaches advanced architectural design and theory at Columbia University where his studios focus on performance and cultural theory relative to global topics. Gooden is the author of Dark Space: Architecture Representation Black Identity (Columbia University Press) published in 2016.

Image: Harlem Now: Architecture and Its Ghosts (model view), 2017. Courtesy Mario Gooden

For more information on the exhibition, Incense Sweaters & Ice, click here.


Unless otherwise noted,
all events take place at:

Madlener House
4 West Burton Place, Chicago

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Events are held in the ballroom on the third floor which is only accessible by stairs.
The first floor of the Madlener House is accessible via an outdoor lift. Please call 312.787.4071 to make arrangements.