POOR PEOPLE’S ART: A (SHORT) VISUAL HISTORY OF POVERTY IN THE UNITED STATES
January 13 – March 4, 2023
USF Contemporary Art Museum
Martha De la Cruz
Mark Thomas Gibson
William Villalongo & Shraddha Ramani
Curated by Christian Viveros-Fauné
Jason Lazarus’ sculptural installation Resurrection City/Poor People’s Campaign: A National call for Moral Revival/ A Third Reconstruction (2023) is anchored in the artist’s historical research and several key photographs of Resurrection City. A tent-like shelter inspired by the temporary residences that populated the 1968 mass protest, the interactive sculpture contains simple sleeping quarters and a curated library filled with physical literature and ephemera centered on both the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign and the 2018 Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, co-led by Rev. Dr. William Barber and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis. The library allows for audiences to trace, listen, and talk about the history of advocating for the poor, from 1865 to the present. Additionally, the artist provides a custom transcription (and a QR hyperlink) to Barber’s 49-minute address on the syndicated radio show “The Breakfast Club” in which he carefully outlines a powerful vision for how we might address poverty going forward (a link is is provided further down in the scroll).