Start: August 30, 2021
8:00 pm
End: August 30, 2021
10:30 pm

Event Venue

Online event

Live conversation between Lawrence Weschler and Rhoda Rosen
Rhoda Rosen with members of Chicago’s Red Line Service community


Grappling with and engaging the cultural implications of homelessness

In the brutal winter of 2013, curator Rhoda Rosen and artist Billy McGuiness, living at opposite ends of the 26-mile-long north-south Red Line of Chicago’s metro service, launched a practice of preparing home cooked meals every Saturday night and going out to the blustery platforms at one end of the line or the other to share them (with proper tablecloths, plates and silverware) with some of the people experiencing homelessness who had taken to living out their nights on the metro trains and were being forced to disembark between rides. From that initial action grew a widening community and the insight that on top of being houseless, people experiencing homelessness were living out a sort of exile from the city’s vital cultural life. The community themselves set out to remedy that situation, systematically challenging Chicago’s cultural institutions to make room and provision for them. In addition, several of the community members turned out to be artists, poets and other sorts of cultural workers, or else began seeing such possibilities in themselves, and soon began deploying their talents in the evolving campaign. For more see:

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