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.
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.
May 4, 2021
Film screening and Q&A curated by Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman
Registration Link TBD
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.