This may not seem like the most dangerous thing we face, but it's one of the warning signs of fascism and…wait for it…genocide. The cult of antiquity & the imposition of monuments to a nation's mythical glorious past precede both of those disasters. https://t.co/4eyMfqK3FD
— Glenda Gilmore (@GilmoreGlenda) February 8, 2020
I hadn’t realized that the Wakanda-style National Museum of African-American History and Culture on the National Mall in D.C. was part of “the cult of antiquity & the imposition of monuments to a nation’s mythical glorious past,” until this Yale history professor pointed it out, but of course, she’s right.
By the way, after looking at Thom Maynes’ buildings for a week, I can heartily appreciate this museum designed by David Adjaye, the son of a Ghanian diplomat. It is symmetrical, only mildly cantilevered, and doesn’t have any Random Rectangles or tentacle sucker-like protuberances. It does not give the impression of being created by a collision of shopping carts or of being in imminent danger of collapsing. It looks like three reed baskets nested together, which is not an unpleasant reference.
Of course, Mayne’s style of Pritzker Prize-winning architecture is the whitest stuff imaginable. The winners of Pritzker Prizes are basically Mike Myers’ Dieter from Sprockets. But you are going to be hearing a lot of hooey soon about how Mayne represents America’s vibrant diversity.