Current Events

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?

Hank Willis Thomas, If the Leader Only Knew, 2014

Barring Freedom is a contemporary at exhibition engaging issues of prisons, policing, and justice on view at San José Museum of Art October 30, 2020-April 25, 2021.

Ashley Hunt, MJ Hart, Joshua Solis, Alberto Lule, Ryan Flaco Rising, and Rodrigo Vazquez

Visualizing Abolition presents artist Ashley Hunt in conversation with MJ Hart, Joshua Solis, Alberto Lule, Ryan Flaco Rising, and Rodrigo Vazquez of the Underground Scholars Initiative.

Patrisse Cullors and Maxwell Addae

Visualizing Abolition is pleased to present Popular Culture and the Radical Imaginary, a discussion with Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network and artist and activist Maxwell Addae.

Dr. Jasmine Alinder, Dean of the Humanities and Katharyne Mitchell, Dean of the Social Sciences

Leonardo Art & Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) is an international program bringing together artists, scientists, and scholars for presentations and conversations. Join us at 5 p.m. for presentations by Dr. Jasmine Alinder and Katharyne Mitchell.

Jackie Sumell, Albert Woodfox, and Tim Young

Visualizing Abolition presents Abolition from the Inside out featuring jackie sumell, Albert Woodfox, and Tim Young.

Dread Scott

Dread Scott's recent large-scale art project, Slave Rebellion Reenactment, was a community-engaged performance reenacting the largest rebellion of enslaved people in U.S. history. Prof. Gray, UC Davis, will join him in conversation about art, revolution, and reenactments.

Pennsylvania State Correctional Institution with image from "Last Day of Freedom"

Professor Dee Hibbert-Jones, Art, UCSC, and filmmaker Nomi Talisman present a curated selection of films. More information forthcoming.

Revolutionary Greetings! in Tim Young's cursive

The Sesnon Gallery Speak Up Series aims to provide a safe space for students and the UC Santa Cruz community to engage with ideas generated from the exhibition Barring Freedom. Sesnon Gallery Speak Up presents Revolutionary Greetings!, a series of events focused on letter writing and open discussion about connecting with people who are incarcerated.