W.E.B Du Bois’s Data Portraits: Visualizing Black America

709 N. Hill Street, Suite 104-8 (upstairs, Asian Center), Los Angeles, CA, 90012
Jun 08, 8 PM - 10 PM — ends Jun 08, 2018
On Friday, June 8, 2018 at 8pm, The Southland Institute presents a talk by Silas Munro: "W.E.B. Du Bois’s Data Portraits: Visualizing Black America" at Los Angeles Contemporary Archive.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 of data visualization. Working with ink, gouache, graphite, and photographic prints, Du Bois and his student and 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–of design for social innovation, data visualization in service to social justice, and the decolonization of pedagogy.