Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s

Feb 11–Jun 3, 2012

Part conceptual provocation and part functional solution, Krzysztof Wodiczko’s Homeless Vehicles engage political and social inequality through sculpture. During the 1980s, the combined effects of real estate redevelopment, increased privatization of government services and assets, and efforts to sanitize and gentrify public spaces led to a significant increase in the homeless population of New York. These displaced persons, called “evicts” by the artist were the city’s most disenfranchised population—forced to live in public view but denied a voice in public discourse. Designed in collaboration with “evicts,” the Homeless Vehicles offered mobile solutions to the problems of sleeping, washing, and storing personal possessions in the open, while also drawing needed attention to the structural injustices that permitted such living conditions in one of the wealthiest nation’s most prominent cities.