Beginning on Friday, June 21, the Evicted exhibition will debut at the Mobile Design Box in the Near West Side, the first stop on a national tour. The exhibit is free to the public and will be on display through September 30.
Previously on display in Washington D.C. at the National Building Museum, Evicted is an immersive exhibition that introduces visitors to the intimate, painful process of low-income renter eviction. Inspired by Matthew Desmond’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book about eviction in Milwaukee, the experience presents data developed by Desmond’s Eviction Lab and features original photography and audio examining reasons for and the fallout from eviction.
“We are looking forward to welcoming the Evicted exhibition to the Near West Side,” said Keith Stanley, Near West Side Partners Executive Director. “This exhibit provides an opportunity for us to bring awareness to an issue that impacts families throughout our Milwaukee community.”
“Evicted introduces an underreported topic by increasing awareness of tenant issues” said Sarah Leavitt, Ph.D., National Building Museum curator. “Housing is at the center of so much; in order to focus on education, health or other issues, stable housing is necessary.”
The Near West Side and Milwaukee communities are invited to celebrate the exhibit’s grand opening on Friday, June 21 from 5 – 9 p.m. at the Mobile Design Box, located at 753 North 27th Street. Near West Side Partners thanks the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, the Zilber Family Foundation and anonymous donors for their generous support of this exhibition, as well as Wiegand Enterprises for the exhibit space.
In conjunction with Evicted, UWM’s School of Architecture & Urban Planning will also present Finding Home – Architectural Solutions to America’s Homeless Crisis, an exploration of homelessness in America from an architectural perspective and offering creative methods for temporary solutions.