Laboratory for Suburbia: Sprawl Session 1—White Suburbias

October 16, 2020
2-4p CDT

Laboratory for Suburbia launches with the first in a series of online “Sprawl Sessions”—public exchanges considering strategies for site-specific art and tactical design in the complex spaces of 21st-century suburbia.

The first event, "Sprawl Session 1: White Suburbias," will interrogate the possibilities and challenges for interventionist art and design practice in predominantly white suburban spaces. Featured discussants include architects Keith Krumwiede and Bryony Roberts, artists Eric Gottesman (For Freedoms), Sarah Paulsen (MFA07), Dread Scott, and lauren woods, historian Walter Johnson, and Gavin Kroeber, instigator and lead organizer for Laboratory for Suburbia.

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About Laboratory for Suburbia

Supported by a Divided City grant, Laboratory for Suburbia is a paradigm-shifting art and design project addressing the political possibilities of American suburbs. The project is organized by Gavin Kroeber, who taught the project seminar at the Sam Fox School in spring 2020, with alum Maeve Elder (MArch16) serving as the curatorial assistant. Members of the project team include WashU associate professors Derek Hoeferlin (faculty lead on the grant and chair of landscape architecture and urban design, Sam Fox School), Patty Heyda (Sam Fox School), and Ila Sheren (Arts & Sciences), as well as James McAnally and Kalaija Mallery from The Luminary.

After an extended disruption due to COVID-19, The Luminary is marking the re-launch of the Laboratory for Suburbia project October 16 with "Sprawl Session 1: White Suburbias." Full details are available at