March 31, 2020 Art Without Distance: Solitary Garden Update

We’ve gotten a new letter from Tim Young, our Solitary Gardener at UC Santa Cruz who currently is on Death Row in San Quentin. Dated from March 23, the letter explains that while all of California has been on shelter-in-place, in San Quentin, staff (ungloved and unmasked) has continued to take 30-60 people at a time to the yard, the 40x50” outdoor concrete recreational area. As Tim explains, while he would love some fresh air, he’s choosing to stay in his cell.

March 26, 2020: Art Without Distance, Solitary Garden

The traveling exhibition called Barring Freedom about art and prisons that I am co-curating with Alexandra Moore, IAS graduate curatorial fellow, was supposed to open in late April in New York. While the exhibition is postponed (and now opens at UC Santa Cruz October 2020), Solitary Garden, the public sculpture and garden project that is part of that larger project is already growing at UC Santa Cruz.