Professor Marta Gutman Awarded the 2021 Catherine W. Bishir Prize
Gutman was recognized for her chapter in Educating Harlem: A Century of Schooling and Resistance in a Black Community.
Professor Marta Gutman (GC/City College, Art History) was awarded the 2021 Catherine W. Bishir Prize from the Vernacular Architecture Forum for her chapter “Intermediate School 201: Race, Space, and Modern Architecture in Harlem,” in Educating Harlem: A Century of Schooling and Resistance in a Black Community, edited by Ansley T. Erickson and Ernest Morrell (Columbia University Press, 2019).
"In making the award, the Bishir Prize committee noted that the chapter’s study of the community controversies around the planning, design and use of Harlem’s I.S. 201 in the 1960s draws on Henri Lefebvre's concept of production of space and bell hooks's notion that marginal places can challenge hegemonic social orders, and through the masterful use of oral history, architecture, ephemera, and other primary sources, serves as model for understanding how public architecture played a complex role in the charged racial politics of mid-20th century America." - The Vernacular Architecture Forum
Gutman, a professor of architecture, history and theory, at City College's Spitzer School of Architecture and professor of art history at The Graduate Center, CUNY, is a former Advanced Research Collaborative (ARC) distinguished scholar.