Eviction has become an issue that affects every community across the country. The National Building Museum worked with sociologist and author Matthew Desmond to create an exhibition based on his book, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, sharing his research and the scale of the problem of eviction. The exhibition prompts viewers to analyze, discuss and imagine solutions to the eviction crisis and similar complex issues, and to consider how each year more than 2.3 million Americans, most of them low-income renters, face eviction. This phenomenon exposes not only income inequality in America, but also the growing separation between the built environments of the rich and the poor. Through an array of images and audio interviews, infographics and forward-thinking design, Evicted offers an immersive experience for understanding the crisis of low-income renter eviction, how it developed and how communities may respond. Working together, these elements amplify the stories of tenant families, as they explain in their own words and images the impact eviction has on them and their loved ones.

Evicted is supported by a generous grant from the Avangrid Foundation. The exhibition is organized by the National Building Museum, where it was made possible by gifts from Amy Falls, Ford Foundation, and the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation. Evicted is presented at the Anchorage Museum with support from Wells Fargo and Jan and Jeri van den Top.

Houseless includes the Evicted exhibition.


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Jan & Jeri van den Top