W.E.B. Du Bois—author, sociologist, civil rights advocate, co-founder of the NAACP—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. Sixty-three brightly colored broadsheets were exhibited in Paris and made twenty 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.”*
Join Poly-Mode partner Silas Munro for a conversation about this work.
SILAS MUNRO—W.E.B. DU BOIS’ DATA PORTRAITS: VISUALIZING BLACK AMERICA, Friday, June 8, at 8 pm.
LOS ANGELES CONTEMPORARY ARCHIVE, 709 North Hill Street, Suite 104-108 (upstairs), downtown Los Angeles.
W.E.B. Du Bois, City and Rural Population.