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A map of Manhattan with pins indicating galleries and exhibition spaces categorized by ethnic group.
Cecley Hill, “Race and Representation: The Selective Narratives of New York City’s Art Spaces” exhibit, December 2018. Photograph by Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi.

Professor Siddiqi's History of Architecture and Feminism course is featured on PLATFORM, an open digital venue for exchanging new ideas about working with, researching, teaching, and writing about buildings, spaces, and landscapes. The class is held in the Barnard Archives and Special Colllections Reading Room (Milstein 423). The course is unique in that it creates an environment where creative tension, critical reflection, and dialogue are integral parts of scholarship. It confronts questions of what it means to write histories of architecture and feminism, and engages archival collections "to think about how evidence is mobilized in the construction of narratives, and to experiment with the development of 'feminist' and 'architectural' methods." Students read from a body of literature, while developing another archive: a database of direct conversations and interviews with others currently engaged in feminist scholarship. 

Photo of Fire Island home's interior inside a three ring binder.
Derrick Sibley, “Historicizing Queer Sex and Spatial Practice” exhibit, December 2018. Photograph by Anooradha Iyer Siddiqi.

This collaboration has been developed with Martha Tenney and Shannon O'Neill of the Archives, and Meredith Wisner, Librarian of Art and Architecture.