Day 6: (Re)Housing the American Dream: a Message from the Future

What does community mean? What does community support mean? How can we support each other? We started to practice choreographer Simone Forti’s Huddle. This piece is one of Forti’s best known dance pieces and suggests the way that notions of community were being rethought during the 1960s; a time period where collective action had become central to political life of the United States. Huddle was a way of encouraging reflection on what happens when a group of people come together and how they negotiate each other. This seemed and extremely timely piece to re-perform in our current divisive political climate, in which new forms of collective action are taking form and shaping the discourse.

Day 5: (Re)Housing the American Dream: a Message from the Future

Imagine three districts (at some point in the future), each with a different population, government structure, economy, resources, educational system and language. Each district deals with a specific set of questions around language, power and migration/immigration. What does each district look like, what are the rules and regulations, who is welcome?

(Re)Housing the American Dream Exhibition Catalog

VIEW: Exhibition Catalog

Design: Sonia Yoon
Essay by Steven L. Bridges
Release Date: October 6, 2016

This catalog was published on the occasion of the exhibition Kirsten Leenaars: (Re)Housing the American Dream. Chicago-based performance and video artist Kirsten Leenaars has created participatory works of art that explore a quintessential American ideal: the pursuit of happiness. (Re)Housing the American Dream is an extension of Leenaars’ earlier investigations. Commissioned by the Haggerty Museum of Art (Milwaukee, WI), this latest work is the result of Leenaars’ year-long exploration of the relationship between home and happiness in Milwaukee’s Near West Side.

A Three Channel Video: (Re)Housing the American Dream

During a 13-day video shoot personal histories and experiences from the participating middle school students served as metaphors to explore the real and imagined reality of the American Dream. The video raises questions about the notions of home, belonging and happiness in context of the American Dream. Delving into the complex notions of place, person, community, family, country, origin, land, or a moment of time as a site of identification, with being a person.