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Postponed: New York Barring Freedom UCSC Alumni Reception

POSTPONED! UC Santa Cruz alumni, family, and friends, join UC Santa Cruz Institute of the Arts and Sciences for a reception celebrating the opening of Barring Freedom in New York.

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May 2, 2020 @ 6:00 pm 8:00 pm

Two objects resembling doors standing up in an art exhibit.

Jock Reynolds, Stevenson ’69, is hosting the UC Santa Cruz reception for Barring Freedom, a bi-coastal exhibition of contemporary art about prisons and justice organized by the Institute of the Arts and Sciences, at the Shiva Gallery at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. 

Saturday, May 2, 2020
5-7 p.m.
Anya and Andrew Shiva Art Gallery
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
860 11th Ave, New York, NY 10019

Please join us for this private reception hosted exclusively for alumni and friends of UC Santa Cruz.

Meet new UC Santa Cruz Chancellor Cynthia Larive and faculty Craig Haney, Psychology, Jennifer González, History of Art and Visual Culture, and Gina Dent, Feminist Studies and Legal Studies. Barring Freedom curators/ IAS staff Rachel Nelson ’16 and Alexandra Moore ’21 will be on hand for curatorial walk-throughs and exhibition information. 


Barring Freedom features contemporary artists from across the United States whose works challenge the complex nexus of policing, surveillance, and imprisonment that makes up the nation’s prison industrial complex. With more than two million incarcerated people, a majority of them black or brown, virtually all of them from poor communities, one of the obstacles to justice in the United States is the failure of many to see the biases within the criminal justice system—much less comprehend the social problems that the system serves to obscure. 

The artists included in Barring Freedom seek to expose the structural racism embedded within the systems of policing and mass incarceration, render perceptible the social and psychological effects of the carceral state, and counter the dehumanization which naturalizes these injustices. The prison industrial complex reveals a troubled vision at the heart of the United States. Barring Freedom considers the strategies artists and creative practitioners use to reveal this vision and to imagine alternatives to our fundamentally flawed criminal justice system.

Barring Freedom is organized by curators Rachel Nelson and Alexandra Moore for UC Santa Cruz Institute of the Arts and Sciences in collaboration with John Jay College of Criminal Justice and San José Museum of Art. 

Artists: American Artist; Sanford Biggers; Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick; Sonya Clark; Sharon Daniel; Maria Gaspar, Ashley Hunt; Dee Hibbert-Jones; Titus Kaphar and Reginald Dwayne Betts; Prison Renaissance; Sherrill Roland; Dread Scott; jackie sumell; Hank Willis Thomas; Patrice Renee Washington; Levester Williams

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