Fri January 22 - Sun April 25, 2021

Barring Freedom

Barring Freedom, co-organized by the UC Santa Cruz Institute of the Arts and Sciences and John Jay College of Criminal Justice, brings together contemporary artists and activists raising awareness about prisons and policing. The exhibition opens October 30 and is on view through April 25, 2021. Barring Freedom is an arts initiative, focusing on Visualizing Abolition, which includes the exhibition, online programs, and a public art project, Solitary Garden. Made in collaboration between artist jackie sumell, UC Santa Cruz students, and Tim Young--who is currently incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison--Solitary Garden will simultaneously be on view at UC Santa Cruz.

With more than two million incarcerated individuals, a majority Black or Brown and virtually all from poor communities, the prison industrial complex reveals a troubled nation. Barring Freedom considers the strategies artists use to reveal this racist worldview and the social problems that it effectively creates and obscures. It also highlights alternative visions and future dreamscapes offered by these artists as a counter to the brutalities of our current reality. The exhibition is inspired by the teachings of noted prison abolitionist and scholar Dr. Angela Y. Davis.

Featured artists include: American Artist, Sadie Barnette, Sanford Biggers, Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick, Sonya Clark, Sharon Daniel, Maria Gaspar, Ashley Hunt, Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman, Titus Kaphar and Reginald Dwayne Betts, Deana Lawson, Sherrill Roland, Dread Scott, jackie sumell, Hank Willis Thomas, Patrice Renee Washington, and Levester Williams.


Image credit: Hank Willis Thomas, If the Leader Only Knew, 2014. Bronze. Approximately 80 inches. © Hank Willis Thomas. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
Barring Freedom, co-organized by the UC Santa Cruz Institute of the Arts and Sciences and John Jay College of Criminal Justice, brings together contemporary artists and activists raising awareness about prisons and policing. The exhibition opens October 30 and is on view through April 25, 2021. Barring Freedom is an arts initiative, focusing on Visualizing Abolition, which includes the exhibition, online programs, and a public art project, Solitary Garden. Made in collaboration between artist jackie sumell, UC Santa Cruz students, and Tim Young--who is currently incarcerated at San Quentin State Prison--Solitary Garden will simultaneously be on view at UC Santa Cruz.

With more than two million incarcerated individuals, a majority Black or Brown and virtually all from poor communities, the prison industrial complex reveals a troubled nation. Barring Freedom considers the strategies artists use to reveal this racist worldview and the social problems that it effectively creates and obscures. It also highlights alternative visions and future dreamscapes offered by these artists as a counter to the brutalities of our current reality. The exhibition is inspired by the teachings of noted prison abolitionist and scholar Dr. Angela Y. Davis.

Featured artists include: American Artist, Sadie Barnette, Sanford Biggers, Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick, Sonya Clark, Sharon Daniel, Maria Gaspar, Ashley Hunt, Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman, Titus Kaphar and Reginald Dwayne Betts, Deana Lawson, Sherrill Roland, Dread Scott, jackie sumell, Hank Willis Thomas, Patrice Renee Washington, and Levester Williams.


Image credit: Hank Willis Thomas, If the Leader Only Knew, 2014. Bronze. Approximately 80 inches. © Hank Willis Thomas. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
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