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An exhibition based on Matthew Desmond's "Evicted" opens in Milwaukee next month. (PHOTO: National Building Museum)

Mobile Design Box will host "Evicted" exhibition based on prize-winning book

An exhibition based on Matthew Desmond's acclaimed and eye-opening – and Pulitzer Prize-winning – "Evicted," about the struggles of low-income Milwaukeeans in the residential rental market and the way the threat and reality of eviction affects their lives, will open on Friday, June 21, at the Mobile Design Box, 753 N. 27th St.

The free exhibition, which made its national debut at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., will be on view until Sept. 30.

The show – created by three Brooklyn firms: Matter, MGMT and Unfurl Productions – has been called "immersive" and uses original photography and audio clips, as well as data from Desmond's Eviction Lab, to explore the causes and effects of eviction.

"Evicted introduces an underreported topic by increasing awareness of tenant issues," said Sarah Leavitt, Ph.D., National Building Museum curator.

"Housing is at the center of so much; in order to focus on education, health or other issues, stable housing is necessary."

UWM's School of Architecture & Urban Planning – which collaborates on the Mobile Design Box with Near West Side Partners – will concurrently present "Finding Home – Architectural Solutions to America's Homeless Crisis," which explores homelessness from an architectural point of view and offers some ideas for temporary solutions.

"We are looking forward to welcoming the Evicted exhibition to the Near West Side," said Near West Side Partners Executive Director, Keith Stanley, in a statement.

"This exhibit provides an opportunity for us to bring awareness to an issue that impacts families throughout our Milwaukee community."

A grand opening event is slated for 5 p.m. on Friday, June 21.

The exhibition is supported by Near West Side Partners, the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, the Zilber Family Foundation, anonymous donors and Wiegand Enterprises, which owns the exhibit space in the former Tower Theater.


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