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, a bi-coastal exhibition of art on view at San José Museum of Art October 30, 2020-March 21, 2021 and featuring Solitary Garden, a public art project, at UC Santa Cruz. Barring Freedom travels to NYC John Jay College of Criminal Justice April 28-July 15, 2021.

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.

October 20,2020          
Visualizing Abolition
Angela Y. Davis and Gina Dent

October 27, 2020
Images, Memory and Justice
Bryan Stevenson 
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November 17, 2020 
Visuality and Carceral Formations
Nicole Fleetwood, Herman Gray, Nicholas Mirzoeff
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December 1, 2020, 12-1:30 p.m.
Abolition Then and Now                                  
Isaac Julien and Robin D.G. Kelley
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January 19, 2021
Prisons, Histories, and Erasures
Kelly Lytle Hernández, Joanne Barker, Maria Gaspar
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January 26, 2021
Prisons and Poetics
Reginald Dwayne Betts 
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February 2, 2021
Surveillance and Cinematics
American Artist, Simone Browne, Ruha Benjamin
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February 9, 2021
Material and Memory
Sanford Biggers and Leigh Raiford
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February 23, 2021
Abolitionist Feminisms
Beth Richie, Erica Meiners, and Sonya Clark
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April 6, 2021, 4-:30 p.m.

April 20, 2021, 4-5:30 p.m.
(Re) Enacting Revolution
Dread Scott and Erin Gray
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May 4, 2021
Documenting Justice
Film screening and Q&A curated by Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman
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May 11, 2021
Sora Han, adrienne maree brown, Savannah Shange
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Barring Freedom and Visualizing Abolition are organized by UC Santa Cruz 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.


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