Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD) presents their first museum survey "Do you want the cosmetic version or do you want the real deal? Los Angeles Poverty Department (1985-2014)" at the Queens Museum, NY

Jan 31 2014 - May 11 2014


Queens Museum
New York Ave, Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Queens, NY




Emerging Fields

Opening Reception:

Jan 31 2014

The Queens Museum is pleased to announce Do you want the cosmetic version or do you want the real deal? Los Angeles Poverty Department (1985-2014), the first museum survey of the Los Angeles-based performance group Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD). Founded in 1985 on Los Angeles’s Skid Row by performance artist, director, and activist John Malpede, LAPD is made up principally of homeless or formerly homeless people and has been an uncompromising force in performance and urban advocacy for more than 25 years. The exhibition at the Queens Museum will include documentation of five works from 1987 to 1998 and live performances of the critically acclaimed Agents and Assets (2001-ongoing), while bringing State of Incarceration(2010-ongoing) to the East Coast for the first time. In addition, during a six-week residency starting in January 2014, LAPD will engage Drogadictos Anonimos (DA), a Corona, Queens-based recovery group, in a unique partnership in which DA will participate in LAPD performances, and LAPD will serve as artistic mentors for the group’s own street theater initiatives.

LAPD will perform State of Incarceration January 31 and February 1 at 7:30 pm; February 2 at 5 pm and Agentes y Activos (Agents & Assets): Spanish-language performance with English Supratitles March 1, at 2:30 pm: Langston Hughes Library, 10001 Northern Blvd, Corona, NY 11368. February 28 and March 2, 2014: locations to be announced. There will be at least one performance at the Queens Museum.

Open A.I.R Professional Development Workshops
February 7, 4:30-7pm: Educator Workshop
February 23, 2-6pm: Artists & Advocates Workshop

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