Undesign the Redline
The National Public Housing Museum invites you to the opening of an important interactive exhibit connecting the intentional and systematic racial housing segregation of the 1930s to political and social issues of today. Explore the history of housing discrimination and activism through the powerful narratives of the people and communities affected by redlining and its legacy.
Be inspired by stories of vision and change. Become part of the conversation for new equitable policies and practices.
Exhibit is presented by Enterprise Community Partners, Designing the WE, and Elevated Chicago.
A collection of the only known color photographs of Dr. Martin Luther King and the Chicago Freedom Movement, taken by Bernard Kleina during King’s visit to Chicago in 1966, will be on display. The exhibit will also feature an installation by Celestia Morgan that explores the histories of racially-based housing discrimination exemplified in Birmingham, Alabama.
History Lessons: Everyday Objects from Chicago Public Housing
History Lessons: Everyday Objects from Chicago Public Housing was an exhibition that featured ordinary objects from public housing residents that told extraordinary stories. The exhibition also featured labels written by residents themselves in workshops with poet Nate Marshall, author Audrey Petty, and curator Richard Cahan.
The exhibit ran from May 30th through July 30th and is free to all.
Housing As A Human Right: Social Construction
Women's Rights Are Human Rights
House Housing & We, Next Door
Collection, Building, Action.
NPHM'S Chicago Architecture Biennial Exhibition
Reimagining Public Housing: Beyond the Bricks and Mortar
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 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.