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 features the work of Gabrielle Garland, Tonika Lewis Johnson, Maymay Jumsai, Riff Studio and South Side Home Movie Project.
SSHMP Collections featured in this exhibition include the Alsup Smith Family, Jean Patton, Ellis McClelland, Dr. George Reed, Charles Merrifield, and Leroy Roberson Collections.