NPHM'S FALL 2015 CHICAGO ARCHITECTURE BIENNIAL EXHIBITIONS AT ITS HOME SITE ON TAYLOR STREET OPENED ON OCTOBER 3 AND CLOSED ON DECEMBER 5, 2015.
FUTURE EXHIBITION PLANS WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN CONCERT WITH THE TIMETABLE FOR OUR FUTURE HOME iN MARCH 2016.
The Sound, the Soul and the Syncopation
Public housing has long been an unsung cradle of American music. From its communal spaces, Elvis found inspiration in Memphis, Barbra Streisand was stirred to make her way through song, and Lupe Fiasco found his identity on the streets of Chicago. In church choirs, piano lessons, street jams or marching bands, youth growing up in public housing have long found community--and sometimes, even fame. The story of this long unexamined aspect of public housing was told through the NPHM's interactive mounted exhibit, “The Sound, the Soul, the Syncopation." The exhibit was the first comprehensive look at the music and the artists that have emerged from the nation’s public housing experience, cultivating artists in nearly every genre including country, hip-hop, punk, jazz, gospel and pop.
In October 2013 we joined the Ford Foundation in New York City for a symposium called "Reimagining Public Housing: Beyond the Bricks and Mortar." This interactive conversation featured the experiences and visions of current and former public housing residents, urban leaders, and policymakers from around the country.
History Coming Home
In 2010 “History Coming Home", our exhibit about home and shelter, triumph and resilience, inclusion and isolation, security and opportunity, opened at the Chicago Tourism Center Gallery. The exhibit revealed public policies, oral histories and artifacts from public housing in cities from Chicago to Boston, from New Orleans to Sacramento. Visitors were able to view artifacts donated from former public housing residents including Boy Scout paraphernalia of former Ohio Congressman Louis and a desk from Sunny Fischer, Executive Director of the Richard H. Driehaus. Visitors also learned of local public housing luminaries like Chicago’s Restaurateur Dick Portillo, NBA guard Tony Allen, Senator Mattie Hunter and Pianist Reginald Robinson and national luminaries including Bill Cosby, Lloyd Blankfein, Justice Sonia Sotomayor and President Jimmy Carter. The story of public housing is complex, but it starts with a simple truth- that all people need a home.