August 17, 2019 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Skid Row History Musuem and Archive
250 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Los Angeles Poverty Department
213-413 1077

EXHIBITION DATES: August 17, 2019  – October 26, 2019
Thu, Fri, Sat: 2-5-pm, Skid Row History Museum and Archive, 250 S. Broadway, 90012

OPENING EVENT: August 17th 6-8pm – Hear from these pet champions and the visual artists involved in the exhibition in person: David Askew, Helen Kim, Marissa de la Torre, Emma Newton, Diane Prado, Lori Weise and James Gilliam.

Having a pet can be a great comfort if you are on the street.  In many cases, it’s also a barrier to getting off the street.  Our furry friends can also be cited as reason for an eviction.  Fortunately there are a bunch of people and organizations working to address these concerns.  DOGS IN THE HOUSE showcases the work of organizations, My Dog is My Home, Housing Equality and Advocacy Resource Team, Downtown Dog Rescue, Inner City Law Center, and Skid Rover that utilize advocacy, and direct services to overcome the obstacles faced by low income and homeless pet owners. The exhibition also features multimedia works by artist Helen H. Kim, photographs by Marissa de la Torre, and paintings by visual artist David Askew.  Additional elements include a “barkscape”, sound installation, designed by Helen H. Kim and LAPD resident media archivist Henry Apodaca and videos of housed and happy pet-owners produced by My Dog is My Home and HEART LA. Settle into a dog shaped beanbag chair to view videos or listen to photo / audio collaged stories of Skid Row residents as they talk about themselves and their pets.

Downtown Dog Rescue (DDR) rescues dogs and provides services for low-income pet owners in Los Angeles County.  Exhibition Materials: Painting (by Manuel Compito), newspaper article, DDR calendars.

Inner City Law Center (in partnership with DDR),  hosts a free Pet Resource Center in Skid Row, providing folks with much needed services, and also works to keep people and their pets together, enabling families to stay housed and decreasing the number of animals abandoned and entering the shelter system. Exhibition Materials: Reasonable Accommodation letters.

Housing Equality and Advocacy Resource Team, HEART LA, provides legal representation and advocacy to keep people and their animals housed.  Exhibition Material: Photographs, video, description of services.

Advocacy group My Dog Is My Home works nationally, (including work in LA), to increase access to shelter and housing for people experiencing homelessness with companion animals.  Exhibition materials: Pet owner client videos, cardboard signs.

Skid Rover, a new project of Homeless Healthcare Los Angeles, distributes collars, leashes, and kibble to people with pets living in Skid Row. Every day, the love of a devoted dog helps a HHCLA client cope with another day on the street. Exhibition Materials: Banners.

Henry Apodaca: Henry is resident Media Archivist at LAPD’s Skid Row History Museum. Exhibition Elements: Barkscape audio installation (in collaboration with Helen H. Kim) & audio elements of Helen H. Kim photo collages.

David Askew: David Askew is more than an artist: he is a survivor. He hopes that each painting encourages others to embrace peace, love, and change for all. Exhibition elements: Acrylic & oil dog portraits.

Helen H. Kim: Helen H. Kim (born Seoul, South Korea) is a multimedia artist working with photography, text, interactive performance, and social practice. Exhibition elements: Photos, photo collages, audio stories, and barkscape audio installation.

Marissa de la Torre: Marissa is a photographer based in Downtown Los Angeles who has been active in the humane treatment of animals for more than nine years.  Marissa is a volunteer photographer for A Purposeful Rescue, Downtown Dog Rescue, and South La Animal Shelter. Exhibition elements: photos.


About Los Angeles Poverty Department

Based in the Skid Row neighborhood since 1985, Los Angeles Poverty Department (LAPD) is the first ongoing arts initiative on Skid Row, a non-profit arts organization that connects lived experience to the social forces that shape the lives and communities of people living in poverty.  LAPD creates performances and multidisciplinary artworks, which express the realities, hopes, dreams and rights of people who live and work in L.A.’s Skid Row.  LAPD has created projects with communities throughout the US and in The Netherlands, France, Belgium, and Bolivia.

About The Skid Row History Museum and Archive

The Skid Row History Museum & Archive operates as an archive, exhibition, performance and meeting space curated by LAPD.  It foregrounds the distinctive artistic and historical consciousness of Skid Row and 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.  Exhibitions focus on grassroots strategies that have preserved the neighborhood from successive threats of gentrification and displacement, to be studied for current adaptation and use.  Skid Row History Museum & Archive programming is made possible with the generous support of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.