May 30, 1pm
Join the curators for a tour and discussion of We Won’t Move!: Tenants Organize in NYC.
About the exhibition:
Interference Archive presents We Won’t Move: Tenants Organize in New York City, an exploration of collective action by NYC tenants for decent and affordable housing from the 1940s to the present. The creation and subsequent dismantling of the rent regulation system forms the backdrop to a rich history of tenant struggle, including: neighborhood resistance to urban renewal in the South Bronx, integration struggles at Stuyvesant Town and in Brooklyn, rent strikes in Harlem and Bedford-Stuyvesant, the coordinated takeover of vacant housing during Operation Move-In, and repeated campaigns to renew and strengthen the rent laws. In addition to highlighting the diverse array of tactics employed by tenant organizers, the exhibition situates the fight for affordable housing within racial and economic justice struggles. Through these campaigns New Yorkers have claimed the right to live in a city that is integrated and affordable. The exhibition brings together materials from tenant organizations, community archives and institutions to present flyers, posters, photographs, newspaper clippings and audio recordings from past and present tenant organizing.
The final section of the exhibition, developed in collaboration with tenant organizations from across the city, examines current campaigns against tenant harassment, predatory equity, luxury housing, the cluster site shelter program, and gentrification-driven policing. With New York’s rent laws set to expire in June 2015, this exhibition showcases our city’s continuous history of effective and militant tenant action for housing justice.
On view March 26 – June 15, 2015
Organized by Maggie Schreiner with Ash Bayer, Bonnie Gordon, Lani Hanna, Jen Hoyer, Karen Hwang, and Greg Mihalko