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.
Overview of the exhibition (Re)Housing the American Dream, curated by Emilia Layden. August 17 -December 23, 2016 at the Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee
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.
Interviews with all the participating middle school students about home, belonging, segregation, the American Dream, Donald Trump and immigration.