As, Not For

An incomplete historical survey of work created by African-American graphic designers over the last century

March 5 – April 23, 2020

‘As, Not For’ is an exhibition of work by African-American graphic designers that seeks to “question, inspire, activate, and challenge the design community and beyond with the objective of promoting deep history, design theory and aesthetics of African-Americans.

AS, NOT FOR is curated by Jerome Harris. The Seattle presentation of AS, NOT FOR is co-organized by the Jacob Lawrence Gallery with Emily Zimmerman, Elizabeth Cavillio, and Raziah Ahmed and at Civilization’s Non-Breaking Space.

Curator

Jerome Harris

Jerome Harris is a graphic designer, educator, writer, and curator from New Haven, CT, and currently based out of New York City. He holds an MFA in graphic design from Yale University and a BA in Communications from Temple University.

Harris’ research into the exclusion of African-American graphic designers has manifested as an exhibition which is showing at multiple universities and arts organizations throughout 2019. The exhibition, As, For Not: Dethroning Our Absolutes: an incomplete historical survey of work created by African-American graphic designers over the last century, was originally mounted at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and went on to show at RISD.