10/10/19: Chicago Lost and Found: Public Housing edition

Thursday, October 10, 6-8:30pm

Jane Addams Homes, 1322 W Taylor
free! dinner provided!

On 10/10/19, Media Burn and the National Public Housing Museum hosted a truly special evening of cinema under the stars.

As part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, NPHM activated the last remaining building of the Jane Addams Homes by inviting South African artist Malose Malahlela, along with Jim Duignan and Jeff Kowalkowski of Chicago’s Stockyard Institute, to create the installation Listed, which considers themes of place and loss of collective experience / memory.

Attendees were able to view the installation, enjoy a community dinner, and settle down under the stars to watch a program of films and videos that reflect on the theme of lost spaces.


Films/videos that were screened included:

  • “More Than One Thing” by Steven Carver, 1969, tells of the dreams and aspirations of Billy Towns, an African American teenager growing up in the infamous Pruitt-Igoe housing project in St. Louis. Footage courtesy Washington University.
  • “Voices of Cabrini” by Ronit Bezalel, 1999. Shot over a four-year period, this gripping documentary chronicles the demolition of the Cabrini-Green housing project from the perspectives of residents, community activists, and local business owners.
  • Excerpts from Cities: Studs Terkel’s Chicago by John McGreevy, 1979. Studs leads us through a tour of the Robert Taylor Homes and tells tales of a bygone era of Black Chicago.
  • Excerpts from “Youth on Racism,” 1995, a youth-produced exploration of Stateway Gardens aired on FITV’s Weekend TV.
  • Home movies collected by the National Public Housing Museum and the South Side Home Movie Project



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