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Art lovers, history buffs, urban design types & others: the Skid Row History Museum & Archive is a new exhibition/performance/community space in downtown LA making work that addresses issues surrounding gentrification and displacement — locally, nationally and globally. It also serves as a literal and artistic common ground, a welcoming space for Angelenos to meet and mingle and explore civic issues together. The Skid Row Museum is a project of the Los Angeles Poverty Department.

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Manuel Compito & Scott Taylor: Bridging the Divide.

Skid Row History Museum & Archive

January 19 to March 23, 2019. Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 2pm – 5pm. There will be a presentation, date TBD, by Manuel Compito aka OG Man, of his comic book, “PEACE N HOOD”. Listen to the KCRW podcast of Edward Goldman reviewing the exhibit Bridging the Divide. It starts at 2 minutes into the podcast. Manuel Compito & Scott Taylor: Bridging the Divide. The streets belong to all of us. The Skid Row History Museum and Archive is pleased to present an exhibition of paintings by two downtown Los Angeles artists; Manuel Compito and Scott Taylor. Lot of talk has been made of the “dirty divide”, the difference between government services including policing between Skid Row and the western part of downtown. And a lot has been made about the divide between the people in these two parts of the downtown community. The reality is that a lot of people, no matter what their status in downtown are concerned about not just the encampments on the street, but about the people that are living there. This exhibition brings together two painters who express these concerns in their work. The two painters, Manuel Compito and Scott Taylor come from either side of the alleged “divide”. Scott Taylor received a master’s degree in painting from Rutgers University (2002) and a bachelor’s degree from Savannah College of Art and Design (1998). Scott’s studio is on Wall Street in downtown Skid Row. Manuel Compito, A.K.A. OG Man is a self-taught artist who later developed his painting skills in the two significant visual arts workshops in Skid Row — with Lilian Calamari and Rory White. OG has also has had an important civic role in Skid Row and downtown. He organized the 3 on 3 Basketball league, a peer clean up brigade and the Skid Row Artist Collective — that sought to participate in the Downtown Art Walk and break down the artificial divide that excluded Skid Row artists. The works in this show depict the lives of people living on the street. Scott Taylor, who calls these painting his “Wall Street” series, says that they “reflect and bear witness to the people who are downtrodden, destitute, and sleeping on the streets. Catching glimpses of a vague face or a hand or a foot from within these constructions, led to my determination to describe the visual impact and raise awareness to the growing homeless population in Skid Row.” Both painters’ contributions also capture the resilient spirit of Skid Row. A number of OG’s colorful, and deeply textured works depict community members whose actions express the heart and soul of Skid Row: including, the band Franc’s Melting Pot; Skid Row Nate (Nathaniel Ayers of “the Soloist” fame); and the Skid Row Clean-Up Brigade, the community cleanup effort initiated by OG. Scott Taylor says of this work, “With each painting, I challenged myself to abstract into new forms and compositions sometimes against observation and into meditations on loneliness or despair. In some paintings, I felt the images became celebrations of color and life.” The exhibition will run from January 19 to March 23. Opening reception Saturday January 19 from 6 to 8pm. During the run the exhibition will be open 2pm through 5pm, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. There will be a presentation, date TBD, by Manuel Compito aka OG Man, of his comic book, “PEACE N HOOD”.

Manuel Compito & Scott Taylor: Bridging the Divide.

Skid Row History Museum & Archive

January 19 to March 23, 2019. Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 2pm – 5pm. There will be a presentation, date TBD, by Manuel Compito aka OG Man, of his comic book, “PEACE N HOOD”. Listen to the KCRW podcast of Edward Goldman reviewing the exhibit Bridging the Divide. It starts at 2 minutes into the podcast. Manuel Compito & Scott Taylor: Bridging the Divide. The streets belong to all of us. The Skid Row History Museum and Archive is pleased to present an exhibition of paintings by two downtown Los Angeles artists; Manuel Compito and Scott Taylor. Lot of talk has been made of the “dirty divide”, the difference between government services including policing between Skid Row and the western part of downtown. And a lot has been made about the divide between the people in these two parts of the downtown community. The reality is that a lot of people, no matter what their status in downtown are concerned about not just the encampments on the street, but about the people that are living there. This exhibition brings together two painters who express these concerns in their work. The two painters, Manuel Compito and Scott Taylor come from either side of the alleged “divide”. Scott Taylor received a master’s degree in painting from Rutgers University (2002) and a bachelor’s degree from Savannah College of Art and Design (1998). Scott’s studio is on Wall Street in downtown Skid Row. Manuel Compito, A.K.A. OG Man is a self-taught artist who later developed his painting skills in the two significant visual arts workshops in Skid Row — with Lilian Calamari and Rory White. OG has also has had an important civic role in Skid Row and downtown. He organized the 3 on 3 Basketball league, a peer clean up brigade and the Skid Row Artist Collective — that sought to participate in the Downtown Art Walk and break down the artificial divide that excluded Skid Row artists. The works in this show depict the lives of people living on the street. Scott Taylor, who calls these painting his “Wall Street” series, says that they “reflect and bear witness to the people who are downtrodden, destitute, and sleeping on the streets. Catching glimpses of a vague face or a hand or a foot from within these constructions, led to my determination to describe the visual impact and raise awareness to the growing homeless population in Skid Row.” Both painters’ contributions also capture the resilient spirit of Skid Row. A number of OG’s colorful, and deeply textured works depict community members whose actions express the heart and soul of Skid Row: including, the band Franc’s Melting Pot; Skid Row Nate (Nathaniel Ayers of “the Soloist” fame); and the Skid Row Clean-Up Brigade, the community cleanup effort initiated by OG. Scott Taylor says of this work, “With each painting, I challenged myself to abstract into new forms and compositions sometimes against observation and into meditations on loneliness or despair. In some paintings, I felt the images became celebrations of color and life.” The exhibition will run from January 19 to March 23. Opening reception Saturday January 19 from 6 to 8pm. During the run the exhibition will be open 2pm through 5pm, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. There will be a presentation, date TBD, by Manuel Compito aka OG Man, of his comic book, “PEACE N HOOD”.

On The Bride’s Side - Movie Nights

Skid Row History Museum & Archive

A documentary film by Antonio Augugliaro, Gabriele Del Grande and Khaled Soliman Al Nassiry. A Palestinian poet and an Italian journalist help five Palestinians and Syrians reach Sweden. Escaping Syria’s conflict has provoked thousands to flee, and hundreds of thousands are seeking asylum in Europe. When a poet and journalist meet five Palestinians and Syrians in Milan who entered Europe via the Italian island of Lampedusa after fleeing the war in Syria, they decide to help them complete their journey to Sweden – and hopefully avoid getting themselves arrested as traffickers – by faking a wedding party. With a Palestinian friend dressed up as the bride and a dozen or so Italian and Syrian friends as wedding “guests”, they race across the face of Europe on a four-day journey of 3,000km. This emotionally-charged expedition not only brings out stories but also the emotional expressions of hopes and dreams of the five Palestinians and Syrians and their rather special traffickers. It also reveals an unknown side of Europe – a transnational, supportive and irreverent Europe that ridicules the laws and restrictions of the so-called “Fortress Europe” in a kind of farcical masquerade. Free movie screenings, free popcorn, free coffee & free conversation. Every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month, we screen movies about issues that are important to our Skid Row and downtown community at the #skidrowmuseum. Location: Skid Row History Museum and Archive, 250 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Manuel Compito & Scott Taylor: Bridging the Divide.

Skid Row History Museum & Archive

January 19 to March 23, 2019. Thursday, Friday and Saturday: 2pm – 5pm. There will be a presentation, date TBD, by Manuel Compito aka OG Man, of his comic book, “PEACE N HOOD”. Listen to the KCRW podcast of Edward Goldman reviewing the exhibit Bridging the Divide. It starts at 2 minutes into the podcast. Manuel Compito & Scott Taylor: Bridging the Divide. The streets belong to all of us. The Skid Row History Museum and Archive is pleased to present an exhibition of paintings by two downtown Los Angeles artists; Manuel Compito and Scott Taylor. Lot of talk has been made of the “dirty divide”, the difference between government services including policing between Skid Row and the western part of downtown. And a lot has been made about the divide between the people in these two parts of the downtown community. The reality is that a lot of people, no matter what their status in downtown are concerned about not just the encampments on the street, but about the people that are living there. This exhibition brings together two painters who express these concerns in their work. The two painters, Manuel Compito and Scott Taylor come from either side of the alleged “divide”. Scott Taylor received a master’s degree in painting from Rutgers University (2002) and a bachelor’s degree from Savannah College of Art and Design (1998). Scott’s studio is on Wall Street in downtown Skid Row. Manuel Compito, A.K.A. OG Man is a self-taught artist who later developed his painting skills in the two significant visual arts workshops in Skid Row — with Lilian Calamari and Rory White. OG has also has had an important civic role in Skid Row and downtown. He organized the 3 on 3 Basketball league, a peer clean up brigade and the Skid Row Artist Collective — that sought to participate in the Downtown Art Walk and break down the artificial divide that excluded Skid Row artists. The works in this show depict the lives of people living on the street. Scott Taylor, who calls these painting his “Wall Street” series, says that they “reflect and bear witness to the people who are downtrodden, destitute, and sleeping on the streets. Catching glimpses of a vague face or a hand or a foot from within these constructions, led to my determination to describe the visual impact and raise awareness to the growing homeless population in Skid Row.” Both painters’ contributions also capture the resilient spirit of Skid Row. A number of OG’s colorful, and deeply textured works depict community members whose actions express the heart and soul of Skid Row: including, the band Franc’s Melting Pot; Skid Row Nate (Nathaniel Ayers of “the Soloist” fame); and the Skid Row Clean-Up Brigade, the community cleanup effort initiated by OG. Scott Taylor says of this work, “With each painting, I challenged myself to abstract into new forms and compositions sometimes against observation and into meditations on loneliness or despair. In some paintings, I felt the images became celebrations of color and life.” The exhibition will run from January 19 to March 23. Opening reception Saturday January 19 from 6 to 8pm. During the run the exhibition will be open 2pm through 5pm, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. There will be a presentation, date TBD, by Manuel Compito aka OG Man, of his comic book, “PEACE N HOOD”.

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Manuel Compito & Scott Taylor: Bridging the Divide.

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