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  • Date: Feb 7, 2020 - Apr 5, 2020
    Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
  • Times: Tues. - Sat. 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Sun. Noon - 6 p.m.
  • Admission: Included with admission
  • Location: Anchorage Museum

Houseless considers the potential for addressing lack housing and homelessness through design. It brings together an exhibition about the eviction crisis in the U.S. (Evicted: The Poverty and Profit in the American City), an art installation, responses and research from the Portland State University School of Architecture’s Center for Public Interest Design, and community programming around this socially pressing topic.


Evicted: The Poverty and Profit in the American City

Organized and designed by the National Building Museum, the exhibition Evicted: The Poverty and Profit in the American City grew out of a book by the same title by Matthew Desmond that explores the causes and impacts of eviction. The exhibition asks viewers to consider how each year more than 2.3 million Americans, most of them low-income renters, face eviction. This phenomenon exposes not only income inequality in America, but also the growing separation between the built environments of the rich and the poor. Through an array of images and audio interviews, infographics and forward-thinking design, Evicted offers an immersive experience for understanding the crisis of low-income renter eviction, how it developed and how communities may respond. Working together, these elements amplify the stories of tenant families, as they explain in their own words and images the impact eviction has on them and their loved ones.

Accompanying Installations:

Houseless also presents an installation of research led by Todd Ferry and students from the Portland State University’ Center for Public Interest Design as well as an installation by artist and SMU Meadows School of Arts (Dallas) professor Willie Baronet. Ferry’s current work investigates how social needs can be addressed by architecture in underserved communities and seeks to develop new tools and models of engagement to aid in this effort. Baronet has been collecting homeless signs since 1993 as part of a long-term art project titled “We Are All Homeless.” Other Houseless components, including a series of public programs with community organizations, will take place throughout the run of the exhibitions.

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