Item #CL200-142 Penny Arcade “La Miseria” [Performer]
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Penny Arcade “La Miseria” [Performer]

1991. Process lithograph, 57 x 45cm. Slight stains and surface loss to text and margins, repaired pinholes and creases. Linen-backed.

Text includes “March 7–31. 9.30pm. 150 First Ave @ E. 9th Street. Made possible in part by the generous support of Art Matters Inc. & a commission from the Jerome Foundation.” Thirty-two (32) performers and six production crew are listed in the left margin.

La Miseria is the last part of an autobiographical trilogy of plays by Penny Arcade. The play provides a “rare depiction of working-class Italian-Americans from a woman’s point of view that portrays the clash between working-class morals and compassion during the 1980s AIDS epidemic.”

Penny Arcade (Susana Carmen Ventura, b.1950) is a New York-based American performance artist, actor and playwright. Her performances “explore topics such as gentrification, humanity, womanhood, LGBT culture, nostalgia, family history, and the life of the outsider.” Ref: MIT Press; Wiki.

Item #CL200-142

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