Oct 7th 2020

At Home: Ephemeral Monuments to Public Housing Residents

@ National Public Housing Museum


Opening Wednesday, October 7th, from 7PM - 9PM

On view through Thursday, October 8th

Home can mean many things to many people. It’s the place where you rest your head, the table where you eat family meals, it’s the place where we have difficult conversations, painful experiences, and joyous celebrations. These memories are the ordinary, everyday activities that make up life At Home.

At Home is a projection installation, which acts as an ephemeral monument for the everyday lives and stories of public housing residents.

Do monuments matter? Must they be forever carved in granite and steel? Who is worthy of monumentalization and who gets to decide?

At Home is an artistic attempt to address some of these questions through projections that will begin in Chicago at the last remaining building of the Jane Addams Homes and future home of the National Public Housing Museum. Stories are being collected and added to the At Home collection, and future versions of the monument with different stories will travel all over the United States at sites of significance to those who live or have lived in public housing.

On view

The pilot monument will be on view October 7-10 (7-9pm) at 1322 W Taylor Street (Chicago). Come witness the first iteration of At Home from the street or sidewalk during the allotted viewing times. Social distancing and masks are required.

On October 7 (7-9pm) follow NPHM (@the_nphm) on Instagram to view the monument from home.


On October 8 (7-8pm) join NPHM on YouTube for an interactive virtual conversation with some of the artists, historians, and storytellers who contributed to this monument and to learn how public housing residents can get involved.

Do you live in public housing? Have you ever lived in public housing?

Short 3-sentence stories will continue to be collected and added to an online database. Submissions will be collected through the project website: www.athomemonument.org. Visitors to the website will be able to see documentation of the projection installation(s) and the collection of narratives as text.

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