The Black Space installation sits at the juncture of DC history and the future of DC. The District has been a center of black culture since the early 1900's and hosted a majority black population from 1960 until 2010. We believe that regardless of ethnicity or background, as DC residents and tourists we all occupy black space. This house is a meeting place for young & old, new & native Washington to talk comfortably about the city’s cultural history and our responsibility to care for and preserve that richness.
Special thanks to Calder Brannock, lead builder on the re-installation, and to the crew Aaron Johnson, Jefry Andres Wright, Ralston Smith, Mel Harper, and the whole team at Martin Luther King Library, especially Marcia Maziarz, Audrey Middleton and executive director Linnea Hegarty. Black Space was designed in collaboration with architect Kashuo Bennett. The original build team was led by Stephen Crouch.
music credit: Chuck Brown - It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Don't Have The Go Go Swing)