PROJECT DESCRIPTION: This is a study of all the gang signs I learned while a student in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) during the 1980's and 90's. On a table, made to look like mid 20th century institutional furniture, are a series of adult-size plastic, silicone, and plaster hands articulated into the form of various Los Angeles gang signs. Each hand has a LAUSD checkout label or property sticker, akin to what may be found on district books or equipment. This mass of hands is juxtaposed with an early 20th-century wood and glass vitrine that houses a child-size porcelain hand with an embossed LAUSD Board of Trustees seal. Gangs represented include Pyru Bloods, Mira Salvatrucha 13, PJ Watts Crips, Judas 13, Rollin 20's, Grape Street, etc. My high school had 4500 students, metal detectors at both of the main entrances, and four fulltime police officers that carried guns. Though I was in honors and AP courses, I never wrote more than a five-paragraph essay in all of my years as a LAUSD student.