In early 2013 I teamed up with the curatorial staff at the Jane Addams Hull House Museum to make a video trailer for their exhibition Unfinished Business: Twenty-First Century Home Economics. Check out the video:
Here is what they say about the exhibition:
Canning peaches. Sewing a dress. Baking a batch of snickerdoodles. These are familiar images of Home Economics, but they do not tell the whole story of the movements’ past, nor do they engage with the radical potential of its future.
The new exhibit tells the untold story of the first generation of home economists who were equal rights advocates, chemists and public health advocates, labor reformers and innovators who sought to redefine domesticity. Filled with participatory experiences and hands-on activities, the exhibit describes the home economists’ visionary work to create a world with healthy food for all, fair labor practices for domestic work, ethical consumerism, and community childcare solutions.
The Museum is partnering with activists and artists including Chicago Coalition of Household Workers, Frau Fiber, Chicago Childcare Collective, the Academy for Global Citizenship, the Center for Urban Economic Development at UIC, Street Level Youth Media, and the Collective Cleaners to create imaginative exhibition experiences and connections to Hull-House history and our contemporary moment.
*Special thanks to Heather Radke and Mekaila Arnold for their help with the video.