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440 S. BROADWAY – mezzanine level, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Open: Thursday, Friday, Saturday 2-5 pm

Exhibition hours: October 3 through December 18, 2015.
SRHMA_2015_GeneralDogonSRHM & A’s next visual arts exhibition features works of Skid Row artist General Dogon. Raised on Skid Row and a leading community civil rights activist with LA CAN General Dogon’s creations, tricked out bicycles, fill the museum space. In addition, the exhibition features videos of General Dogon talking about his artistic and activist work in Skid Row.
General Dogon’s spectacular one-of-a-kind bicycles were initially conceived by the artist to gain neighborhood attention and assist his organizing efforts. Numerous public events, will take place at the museum during the course of the exhibition, including an interview with the artist, on a date to be determined.
General Dogon’s work highlights an interest of the Museum to present art objects that also function as activist objects. The Museum’s first iteration, at The Box Gallery in 2008, the exhibition featured 3 objects that had this dual significance: a shopping cart from the Catholic Worker, David Busch’s free speech tent, and Veronica Dolman’s cardboard construction of a Hotel under police siege, the Safer Cities Initiative.

April 11, 2015 LAPD opened the SkidSRHMA_2015_440Broadway Row History Museum and state-of-the-art digital Archive at 440 S. Broadway. Come join us, as LAPD animates the space with public conversations, movie screenings, revolving exhibitions, performative events, rent parties and more, all addressing issues surrounding gentrification and displacement — locally, nationally and globally. Stay tuned to this space for specifics as they develop!

SRHMA_2015_archiveThe culture that developed here on Skid Row—an activist culture, artistic culture and recovery culture—offers a useful model for other communities navigating gentrification pressures. The museum 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 resistance strategies. It also serves as a literal and artistic common ground, a welcoming space for Angelenos to meet and mingle and explore civic issues together.


Chasing Monsters from Under the Bed

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‘Chasing Monsters from Under the Bed’ November 12, 13, 14 @ #SkidRowMuseum

Monsters group1400Los Angeles Poverty Department’s new performance, “Chasing Monsters from Under the Bed” will be presented at LAPD’s Skid Row History Museum & Archive, 440 S. Broadway – mezzanine level – LA, CA 90013. All performances are free and open to the public.
THIS WEEK: Thursday & Friday, Nov. 12 & 13: : 7:30 pm and Saturday, Nov. 14: 2:00 pm.

“Chasing Monsters from Under the Bed,” explores the means and process of recovery from mental illness and homelessness at a time when thousands of homeless mentally ill are not only abandoned and feared but also threatened by aggressive policing. The project is inspired by the most forward thinking voices within the mental health profession, who believe that gaining a meaningful role in life, rather than patient-hood is the goal of treatment.
The project draws on the experientially acquired wisdom of the LAPD performers, who have, each in their own way, successfully grappled with mental health issues in order to shed identities of “homeless” or “patient” and realize new identities of their own choosing: parent, wife, actress, advocate, docent, worker. The performance, the result of a 10-month workshop process, is collaboratively authored by workshop participants. “Chasing Monsters…” is performed by 14 workshop participants and co-directed by Henrïette Brouwers and John Malpede.

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