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Grab a blanket, pop some popcorn, and join us for Movie Monday!
On December 14th, watch along as we stream The Pruitt-Igoe Myth, a 2011 documentary about the infamous public housing development in St. Louis, MO.
The modernist, mid-century “public housing project of the future” turned to rubble by the 1970s. But why? And what happened to the people who lived there? Stick around after the film and discuss with us.
If you’d prefer to watch the movie on your own time, or have already seen it, feel free to tune in at 7:00 pm for just the discussion.
ALL ARE WELCOME! See you soon!
About the film:
(From its website: http://www.pruitt-igoe.com/index.html)
It began as a housing marvel. Two decades later, it ended in rubble. But what happened to those caught in between?
The Pruitt-Igoe Myth tells the story of the transformation of the American city in the decades after World War II, through the lens of the infamous Pruitt-Igoe housing development and the St. Louis residents who called it home.
The world-famous image of its implosion has helped to perpetuate a myth of failure, a failure that has been used to critique Modernist architecture, attack public assistance programs, and stigmatize public housing residents.
The Pruitt-Igoe Myth seeks to set the historical record straight. To examine the interests involved in Pruitt-Igoe’s creation. To re-evaluate the rumors and the stigma. To implode the myth.