Over the past decade, Los Angeles has become one of the nation’s most desirable cities to live in. The influx of new residents has led to unprecedented levels of development, alongside housing shortages, displacement, and gentrification. Artists and galleries have found themselves on both sides of the issue: accused of being gentrifying forces in Boyle Heights, and pushed out of their longtime studios just across the Los Angeles River.
An upcoming program at the California African American Museum (CAAM) titled “Artists for Housing and Homeless Rights” aims to address some of the the issues surrounding these rising tensions. Organized in conjunction with the USC Roski MA Curatorial Practices and the Public Sphere, and curated by Alex Sizemore, the day-long series of events features presentations and performances from the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, a collective that uses data visualization to present information on displacement in Los Angeles and the Bay Area, and the Los Angeles Poverty Department, a community theater group based in Los Angeles’s Skid Row. The program will also include a tour of Adler Guerrier: Conditions and Forms for blck Longevity, the CAAM exhibition of photographs of public and private spaces in Los Angeles and Miami, portraying them as contested and historically loaded sites.
When: Saturday, March 31, 10am–4pm
Where: California African American Museum (600 State Dr., Exposition Park, Los Angeles)
More info at the California African American Museum.