We Are City Film Series: The Pruitt-Igoe Myth: An Urban History

It began as a housing marvel. Two decades later, it ended in rubble. The world-famous image of the implosion of the Pruitt-Igoe public housing project in St. Louis has helped to perpetuate a myth of failure that has been used to criticize both Modernist architecture and public housing residents. The Pruitt-Igoe Myth (2011, dir. Chad Friedrichs, 79 mins.) tells the story of the transformation of the American city in the decades after World War II, when suburbanization led to destitute urban cores, increasingly segregated by class and race. The residents of Pruitt-Igoe were among the hardest hit. Their memories of survival, adaptation, challenge, and success are the emotional heart of the film. After the film, participate in “action tables” related to residential architecture and affordable housing in Indianapolis.

Screening co-presented by Heartland Truly Moving Pictures.

Film Trailer

We Are City is an ongoing program series highlighting ideas for making cities better places to live, presented by the Indianapolis Museum of Art and Wishard Health Services with support from Butler University Center for Urban Ecology, URBN DSGN, Big Car, The Platform, and Indiana Humanities.

Promotion support provided by NUVO.

We Are City Film Series: The Pruitt-Igoe Myth: An Urban History Indianapolis Museum of Art 4000 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis, IN