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Exhibit Based on Pulitzer Prize-Winning Book “Evicted” Opening at UWM Mobile Design Box

The “Evicted” exhibition was sponsored by the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., where it wrapped up a yearlong run in May.

By - Jun 19th, 2019 01:31 pm

MILWAUKEE _ An exhibition based on a Pulitzer Prize-winning book that followed eight Milwaukee families struggling to pay rent will open its national tour at the UWM School of Architecture and Urban Planning’s Mobile Design Box on Friday, June 21. The opening-night reception begins at 5 p.m.

The book, “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City,” written by Matthew Desmond, won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for general nonfiction. The families lived in the city’s poorest neighborhoods.

The “Evicted” exhibition was sponsored by the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., where it wrapped up a yearlong run in May. Using specially commissioned infographics and forward-thinking design, the exhibit introduces visitors to statistics that help explain the causes and ramifications of chronic eviction, according to the Museum.

“Evicted” runs until Sept. 30 at the Mobile Design Box, located in Milwaukee’s Near West Side at 753 N. 27th St. It will be open on Fridays from 5-8 p.m., and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Concurrently with “Evicted,” School of Architecture and Urban Planning faculty Allyson Nemec and Joy Peot-Shields are presenting the exhibit “Finding Home – Architectural Solutions to America’s Homeless Crisis” at the Mobile Design Box. This exhibit explores homelessness in America from an architectural perspective and offers ideas for housing solutions.

The Mobile Design Box is a UWM SARUP initiative aimed at building community while showcasing school research and design work alongside creative local artists and entrepreneurs via a pop-up gallery.

The nonprofit organization Near West Side Partners Inc. is a sponsor of the exhibit’s Milwaukee stop. Other stops on the national tour include Fresno, California; Anchorage, Alaska; Kansas City, Missouri; and Hartford, Connecticut.

Details for opening night reception for Evicted:

WHERE: Mobile Design Box, 753 N. 27th St., Milwaukee

WHEN: Friday, June 21 at 5 p.m., followed by a discussion at 6 p.m.

About UWM
Recognized as one of the nation’s 131 top research universities, UW-Milwaukee provides a world-class education to 27,500 students from 91 countries on a budget of $689 million. Its 15 schools and colleges include Wisconsin’s only schools of architecture, freshwater sciences and public health, and it is a leading educator of nurses and teachers. UW-Milwaukee partners with leading companies to conduct joint research, offer student internships and serve as an economic engine for southeastern Wisconsin. The Princeton Review named UW-Milwaukee a 2019 “Best Midwestern” university based on overall academic excellence and student reviews, and the Sierra Club has recognized it as Wisconsin’s leading sustainable university.

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