What makes a house a home? Throughout American history, people have lived in all sorts of places, from military barracks and twoâ€story colonials to college dormitories and row houses. House & Home, a new exhibition opening on September 2 at the William F. Laman Public Library embarks on a tour of houses both familiar and surprising, through past and present, to explore the varied history, and many cultural meanings of the American home.
Drawn from the flagship installation at The National Building Museum, House & Home explores how our ideal of the perfect house and our experience of what it means to “be at home” have changed over time. Visitors will learn about issues of housing inequality, land distribution, and the role of the government, from the Colonial period though the Homestead Act and the creation of the Federal Housing Administration in the 1930s.
Featured films, construction materials, domestic artifacts, and photographs immerse viewers in how transformations in technology, government policy, and consumer culture have impacted American domestic life. Related sections of House & Home look outward, exploring the relationship of the individual house to the larger society by presenting examples of contemporary community development through film.
This exhibit will be on display in the exhibit hall at The William F. Laman Public Library until October 20. The library is open from 9 AM - 9 PM. Monday-Thursday, 9 AM - 5 PM, Friday-Saturday, 1-5 PM Sunday. Admission to the exhibit is free. For more information please call (501) 758-1720 or visit www.lamanlibrary.org
House & Home was organized by The National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. and curated by Sarah Leavitt, Curator, The National Building Museum. House & Home has been made possible through NEH on the Road, a special initiative of the National Endowment for the Humanities. It has been adapted and is being toured by Mid-America Arts Alliance. Founded in 1972, Mid-America Arts Alliance is the oldest regional nonprofit arts organization in the United States. For more information, visit www.maaa.org or www.nehontheroad.org.