For Immediate Release
Lyman Allyn Art Museum presents SubUrbanisms: Casino Company Town/ China Town.
January 24, 2014
Lyman Allyn Art Museum
Press Contact: Jane LeGrow
Lyman Allyn Art Museum, in collaboration with Connecticut College, announces a new exhibition with a local focus and a global reach. SUB URBANISMS (February 8 – May 12, 2014) explores the controversial conversion of single family homes into multifamily communities by immigrant Chinese casino workers in southeastern Connecticut. By transplanting cultural values to their new country, these recent emigrants unconsciously challenge the norms underlying the most ubiquitous American housing type: the suburban single-family detached house. The exhibition invites visitors to reflect on the values, practices and public policies that determine how we live, and to consider how cultural expectations for building design might further change in response to growing ecological, financial and societal pressures.
Combining photography, interviews and architectural representations, this exhibit probes the limits of inclusivity in a multicultural democracy when cultural practices conflict. With creative implications for the future of housing design and habitation, SUB URBANISMS offers a powerful inquiry into the ways in which culture shapes our lives and our homes.