A curatorial project for the National Public Housing Museum, Chicago.
Open November 2012 – March 2013.
The challenge? Viscerally engage Chicago visitors and get the civic community excited about the possibilities and purposes afforded by an emerging museum and its plans for a new facility.
The solution? Prototype in a gallery space a microcosm of the museum edifice: fusing archival materials, fragments of place and artful uses of exhibit media and technology. Orchestrate in sight and sound the unsung stories of artists from hip-hop to Elvis and Streisand to prompt innate curiosity. Take individual stories of success and struggle and get people using interactive tools to uncover unexpected connections. Demonstrate the possibility of people getting inspired to communicate about broader social issues.
With exhibit design team Amy Riechert Architecture + Design, graphic design by Bethany Armstrong and an interactive music discovery app by Groovebug.