Join us Friday, April 29, 5–7pm to celebrate Key Change with remarks at 5:30pm.
Key Change presents housing as an emotional, speculative, and even legal experience. Through artworks that address historical housing practices and propose alternative ways of living in Chicago, the exhibition offers a range of interpretations by contemporary artists, activists, and architects. With photographic and painted depictions of homes, the exhibition initially positions housing as a place that can be abandoned – sometimes, unjustly stolen. Architectural collage demonstrates housing as a temporal exercise in which influences and precedents engage in dialogue with future spatial thinking. Silent home movies and idiosyncratic sculpture subsequently suggest that housing is a productive place in which intimate moments, lifelong memories, and nurturing meals are made and shared.
Key Change is in partnership with Mercy Housing Lakefront.
Image: Isabel Strauss of Riff Studio, Rest, 2020. References: Thomas, Mickalene, Landscape Majestic, 2010. Crosby Njideka Akunyili, Something Split and New, 2013. Crosby, Njideka Akunyili, Thread, 2012. Sullivan, Louis H. Babson, Henry Residence, 230 N Longcommin Rd, Riverside, Illinois, designed or built c. 1908–1909, demolished 1960, Photo: Nickel, Richard. Grandma Ida on Martha's Vineyard, date unknown, photographer unknown. Daniel with bicycle, date unknown, Photo: Paul Strauss.