CURRENT EXHIBITION

Listed., Chicago Architecture Biennial 2019

Chicago Architecture Biennial opening featuring artists (seated, left to right): Jeff Kowalkowski, Malose Malahlela, and Jim Duignan

Chicago Architecture Biennial opening featuring artists (seated, left to right): Jeff Kowalkowski, Malose Malahlela, and Jim Duignan

Listed. is a built sound environment that shares hidden memories and collective experiences and their disappearances. Listed. is a collaboration between Malose Malahlela of Johannesburg’s Keleketla! Library and Jim Duignan and Jeff Kowalkowski of Chicago’s Stockyard Institute at the National Public Housing Museum’s future home on Taylor Street. Malahlela’s work addresses issues of heritage and the harm of exclusionary narratives. Come and explore a space where multiple stories and narratives can coexist, not at each others expense, but instead to each others benefit -- including yours.

PAST EXHIBITIONS

Undesign the Redline

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The National Public Housing Museum hosted an important interactive exhibit connecting the intentional and systematic racial housing segregation of the 1930s to political and social issues of the time. Guests explored the history of housing discrimination and activism through the powerful narratives of the people and communities affected by redlining and its legacy.

The exhibition was 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 and an installation by Celestia Morgan that explores the histories of racially-based housing discrimination exemplified in Birmingham, Alabama were also featured in the exhibition.


History Lessons: Everyday Objects from Chicago Public Housing

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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, 2018.


Housing As A Human Right: Social Construction

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Women's Rights Are Human Rights

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House Housing & We, Next Door

House Housing  , produced by the Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at NYC's Columbia University encourages robust public conversation about the intersection of architecture and housing with real estate market forces.   We, Next Door   responds creatively to  House Housing  through the lens of NPHM's Youth Advisory Council teens, all current residents of public housing and their lived experience in Chicago. Together NPHM and Buell host  House Housing  with a response by  We, Next Door  as official program partners of the  Chicago Architecture Biennial.

House Housing, produced by the Buell Center for the Study of American Architecture at NYC's Columbia University encourages robust public conversation about the intersection of architecture and housing with real estate market forces. We, Next Door responds creatively to House Housing through the lens of NPHM's Youth Advisory Council teens, all current residents of public housing and their lived experience in Chicago. Together NPHM and Buell host House Housing with a response by We, Next Door as official program partners of the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Installation view of House Housing, courtesy of Rich Cahan.

Installation view of House Housing, courtesy of Rich Cahan.

View of We, Next Door exhibition response by NPHM Youth Advisory Council.

View of We, Next Door exhibition response by NPHM Youth Advisory Council.


Collection, Building, Action.

Explore the stories behind NPHM's building site, the last structure standing of the historic Jane Addams Homes. Learn how the activism that led to this building's preservation connects to NPHM's story, history and object collections. Engage in the ways NPHM embodies the spirit of the public good as  Collection, Building, Action . documents our work since 2007 to transform the "ruins" of 1322 Taylor Street into an innovative and impactful cultural common ground.

Explore the stories behind NPHM's building site, the last structure standing of the historic Jane Addams Homes. Learn how the activism that led to this building's preservation connects to NPHM's story, history and object collections. Engage in the ways NPHM embodies the spirit of the public good as Collection, Building, Action. documents our work since 2007 to transform the "ruins" of 1322 Taylor Street into an innovative and impactful cultural common ground.

Collection, Building, Action. Installation view, courtesy Rich Cahan.

Collection, Building, Action. Installation view, courtesy Rich Cahan.


NPHM'S Chicago Architecture Biennial Exhibition

Collection, Building, Action. Photo courtesy Liz Chilsen.

Collection, Building, Action. Photo courtesy Liz Chilsen.


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.