A traveling exhibit inspired by the Pulitzer Prize-winning book "Evicted" will open a three-month Milwaukee stay on the same weekend as national church delegates at the Wisconsin Center hear a keynote speech from author Matthew Desmond.
The "Evicted" exhibit will open June 21 at the Mobile Design Box of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 753 N. 27th St. It will be on view through Sept. 28, from 5 to 8 p.m. Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. Admission will be free.
Desmond will keynote the General Synod of the United Church of Christ at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 22. Business sessions and other activities of the church's biennial national gathering are expected to draw some 4,000 visitors and delegates to Milwaukee June 21-25.
Desmond embedded himself for months in low-income Milwaukee neighborhoods for his 2016 book about the affordable-housing crisis. Multi-sensory features of the exhibit range from eviction photos that couldn’t fit in the book, to audio interviews with landlord-tenant court participants, to a shrink-wrapped pallet of belongings symbolizing the moment a family is evicted. The Mobile Design Box, about a mile-and-a-half west of the Wisconsin Center, is a project of UMW's School of Architecture and Urban Planning.
Created by the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., the exhibit has been on display there for more than a year. Milwaukee will be its first tour stop. Its local host is Near West Side Partners, with support from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation, the Zilber Family Foundation Wiegand Enterprises and anonymous donors.