The Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD) is one of the truly courageous and innovative arts efforts to have emerged in the United States over the past decades. LAPD creates performances and multidisciplinary artworks that connect the experience of people living in poverty to the social forces that shape their lives and communities. LAPD’s works express the realities, hopes, dreams and rights of people who live and work in L.A.’s Skid Row.
LAPD will be presenting one time only a very special exhibition, The Skid Row History Museum and Archive, a pop-up exhibition /performing arts space curated by LAPD. It foregrounds the distinctive artistic and historical consciousness of Skid Row, a 40-year-old social experiment. The Skid Row History Museum and Archive functions as a means for exploring the mechanics of displacement in an age of immense income inequality, by mining a neighborhood’s activist history and amplifying effective community strategies. The space operates as an archive, exhibition, performance and meeting space. Exhibitions will focus on grassroots strategies that have preserved the neighborhood from successive threats of gentrification and displacement, to be studied for current adaptation and use. The space will be activated by performances, community meetings and films addressing gentrification and displacement locally, nationally and globally.
Exhibition: Blue Book / Silver Book Saturday, April 11 through June 27, 2015 OPENING RECEPTION April 11, Saturday, 6-9 pm
Skid Row History Museum & Archive 440 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90013 ~ Mezzanine Level
Open: Thursday, Saturday, Sunday 2-5 ~ Friday 3-6
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