The Pruitt-Igoe Myth

Showings

Floralee Hark Cohen Cinema Mon, Jul 8 7:00 PM
Floralee Hark Cohen Cinema Mon, Jul 15 7:00 PM
Floralee Hark Cohen Cinema Mon, Jul 22 7:00 PM
Floralee Hark Cohen Cinema Mon, Jul 29 7:00 PM

Description

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.