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Traction: Art Talk with Jackie Sumell

Join the Institute of the Arts and Sciences for Traction: Art Talk with jackie sumell on November 5, 7-9 p.m. jackie sumell is a multidisciplinary artist and activist whose powerful and poignant socially-engaged art project, Solitary Garden, will be on view at UC Santa Cruz November 5, 2019- December 6, 2020. Sumell will be joined in conversation following her presentation by Gina Dent, Feminist Studies professor and prison abolitionist.

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November 5, 2019 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm

A deep commitment to addressing the abuses of the American criminal justice system drives sumell’s art practice, as exemplified by her eleven-year collaborative project with the late Herman Wallace, one of the former Angola 3 prisoners, entitled The House That Herman Built.

About the speakers

jackie sumell

Jackie sumell’s work has been exhibited extensively throughout the US and Europe including at Project Row House, Houston; the American Visionary Art Museum, Baltimore; Royal College of Art, London; Artist’s Space, New York City; Akademie Schloss-Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany; St Etienne Biennial, France; Alternator Gallery, Vancouver, British Columbia; Prospect 1, New Orleans; and ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany. Her residencies and awards include 2017 Blade of Grass-David Rockefeller Fund Joint Fellow in Criminal Justice, 2016 Robert Rauschenberg Artist-As-Activist Fellowship, 2015 Eyebeam Project Fellowship, and 2008 Akademie Solitude Fellowship. An ardent public speaker and prison abolitionist, sumell has lectured in colleges and universities around the US. sumell’s work explores the intersection of creative practices, mindfulness studies, social sculpture, and the principles of The Black Panther Party for Self Defense.

Gina Dent

Gina Dent an associate professor of Feminist Studies, History of Consciousness, and Legal Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research interests include Africana studies, legal theory, and popular culture. She is the editor of Black Popular Culture (The New Press, 1998).


November 5, 2019
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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