Axis Mundi: Levittown
A collaboration with sculptor Holly Laws who created an installation of miniature Levitt houses based on the post-WWII affordable housing enclaves built in the late 1940s for veterans and their families. I contributed memory-dialogues to be looped and broadcast through small speakers embedded in the tiny houses. Some overlap, others are overheard (and responded to) by those in neighboring houses, and others still are in dialogue with each other. The dialogues reflect moments in each post-war decade until today, reflecting on the ways in which those houses (and attitudes within them) evolved as the 20th century unfolded, bringing the houses further and further away from their original use for veterans. I lived in one of the Levitt houses on Long Island in the 1970s and felt particularly qualified to mark that decade, but enjoyed calling up the ghosts of previous decades, and imagining into those that followed.
The exhibition has traveled to University of Central Arkansas’ Baum Gallery, Wheaton College’s Beard and Weil Galleries and, most recently, to St. Olaf College’s Flaten Art Museum.