The term “struggling artist” hardly applies to the swarm of privileged visualists in NYC these days. But for Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt, being truly unable to afford new materials is what made him famous. During the late ’60s, he left his poor neighborhood in New Jersey and began making art out of trash in New York. His East Village apartment also served as his gallery, in which he gave friends and visitors tours dressed in drag. Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt: Tender Love Among the Junk, a retrospective at MOMA PS1, explores themes of gay sexuality, class struggle, and religion via his crafty installation pieces, revealing that art can be beautiful even if it’s made out of household items from dollar stores.

Mondays-Sundays, 10 a.m. Starts: March 31. Continues through April 7, 2013