Visualizing Abolition

jackie sumell, Solitary Garden, UC Santa Cruz
jackie sumell, Solitary Garden, UC Santa Cruz

What does it mean to think of abolitionism as a vision—one that challenges the social, economic, and political worldviews that prisons promote? For the 2020/21 academic year, UC Santa Cruz Institute of the Arts and Sciences, in collaboration with Gina Dent, associate professor, feminist studies, is pleased to present a series of online events featuring artists, activists, scholars, and others united by their commitment to the vital struggle for prison abolition.

The events accompany Barring Freedom, an exhibition of contemporary art on view at San José Museum of Art October 30, 2020-April 25, 2021, and Solitary Garden, a public art project at UC Santa Cruz. 

Visualizing Abolition Schedule (All events are from 4-5:30 P.M. PST unless otherwise noted)
Registration is required; see individual event listings for more information. For more information on the project, see barringfreedom.org.

February 23, 2021
Abolitionist Feminisms
Beth Richie, Erica Meiners, and Sonya Clark
Featured Music Performance: Sarah Elizabeth Charles
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March 2, 2021
Art, Abolition, and the University
Ashley Hunt, MJ Hart, Joshua Solis, and Alberto Lule
Featured Music Performance: Dianne Reeves and Camilla Cortina Bello
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March 9, 2021
Popular Culture and the Radical Imaginary
Patrisse Cullors and Maxwell Addae
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April 13, 2021
Abolition from the Inside Out
jackie sumell, Albert Woodfox, and Tim Young
Featured Music Performance: Elena Pinderhughes
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April 20, 2021, 4-5:30 p.m.
(Re) Enacting Revolution
Dread Scott and Erin Gray
Featured Music Performance: Orrin Evans and Eric Revis
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May 4, 2021
Documenting Justice
Film screening and Q&A curated by Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman
Registration Link TBD​

May 11, 2021
Futures 
Sora Han, adrienne maree brown, Savannah Shange
Featured Music Performance: Social Science
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May 18, 2021
Music for Abolition: Artist Panel
Terri Lyne Carrington and Guests
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October 20,2020          
Visualizing Abolition with Angela Y. Davis and Gina Dent        
Featured Music Performance: Terri Lyne Carrington and Lisa FIscher

 

October 27, 2020
Images, Memory, and Justice with Bryan Stevenson
Featured Music Performance: Kris Davis, Val Jeanty and Lily Finnegan

 

November 17, 2020 
Visuality and Carceral Formations with Nicole Fleetwood, Herman Gray and Nicholas Mirzoeff  
Featured Music Performance: Maimouna Yousef aka “Mumu Fresh”
 and Queen Cora Coleman

 

December 1, 2020
Abolition Then and Now with Isaac Julien and Robin D.G. Kelley 
Featured Music Performance: Nicholas Payton

 

January 19, 2021
Prisons, Histories, and Erasures with Kelly Lytle Hernández, Joanne Barker, Maria Gaspar
Featured Music Performance: Jason Moran and Kyle Abraham

 

January 26, 2021
Prisons and Poetics with Reginald Dwayne Betts, Craig Haney and Gina Dent
Featured Music Performance: Malcolm-Jamal Warner

 

February 2, 2021
Surveillance and Cinematics with American Artist, Simone Browne, Ruha Benjamin
Featured Music Performance: Cécile McLorin Salvant

February 9, 2021
Material and Memory with Sanford Biggers and Leigh Raiford
Featured Music Performance: Nicole Mitchell

Visualizing Abolition is organized by Professor Gina Dent, Feminist Studies and Dr. Rachel Nelson, Director, Institute of the Arts and Sciences in collaboration with San José Museum of Art and Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery. The series has been generously funded by the Nion McEvoy Family Trust, Ford Foundation, Future Justice Fund, Wanda Kownacki, Peter Coha, James L. Gunderson, Rowland and Pat Rebele, Porter College, UCSC Foundation, and annual donors to the Institute of the Arts and Sciences.

Partners include: Howard University School of Law, McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, Jessica Silverman Gallery, Indexical, The Humanities Institute, University Library, University Relations, Institute for Social Transformation, Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery, Porter College, the Center for Cultural Studies, the Center for Creative Ecologies, and Media and Society, Kresge College.

 

Date: 
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 to Tuesday, May 18, 2021