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Curator Talk with Rachel Nelson & Luke A. Fidler, The Writing on the Wall

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April 21 @ 6:00 pm 7:00 pm

Join curators, Dr. Rachel Nelson, and Dr. Luke A. Fidler, as they discuss the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History’s current exhibition, The Writing on the Wall.

Emulating a prison cell, The Writing on the Wall at the MAH recreates these largely unseen spaces in a public sphere. The Writing on the Wall is organized by Rachel Nelson and Gina Dent in partnership with the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History as part of Visualizing Abolition, a public scholarship initiative at UC Santa Cruz designed to shift the social attachment to prisons through art and education. Funding for Visualizing Abolition is provided by the Mellon Foundation.

This event will be located at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH):
705 Front Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Please register for this event here.

Photo by Daris Jasper @culturesaving, courtesy Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History.

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Rachel Nelson

Dr. Rachel Nelson is director and chief curator of the Institute of the Arts and Sciences. She has curated and organized exhibitions including Barring Freedom, a group exhibition engaging art, prisons, and justice; Carlos Motta: We The Enemy; jackie sumell: Solitary Garden; Newton Harrison and Helen Mayer Harrison: Future Garden, and other projects with artists including Sadie Barnette, Maria Gaspar, Carolina Caycedo and David de Rozas, and Janet Cardiff and George Bures Miller.

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Luke A. Fidler

Luke A. Fidler is curator at the Institute of the Arts and Sciences and program manager of the Visualizing Abolition initiative. He received his PhD in art history at the University of Chicago.