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Visualizing Abolition Online Event Series jackie sumell, Solitary Garden, UC Santa Cruz
Visualizing Abolition Online Event Series

What does it mean to think of abolitionism as a vision—one that challenges the social, economic, and political worldviews that prisons promote?

Images, Memory, and Justice with Bryan Stevenson, October 27, 2020 Bryan Stevenson
Images, Memory, and Justice with Bryan Stevenson, October 27, 2020

Founder/executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) Bryan Stevenson is the featured speaker for the second event in Visualizing Abolition, joining Gina Dent for a conversation about art, culture, and activism. 

Barring Freedom: San Jose Museum of Art, October 30, 2020- March 21, 2021 Hank Willis Thomas, If the Leader Only Knew, 2014 © Hank Willis Thomas. Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.
Barring Freedom: San Jose Museum of Art, October 30, 2020- March 21, 2021

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-May, 2021.

Moor Mother + Rasheedah Phillips: Black Quantum Futurism, November 13 Moor Mother
Moor Mother + Rasheedah Phillips: Black Quantum Futurism, November 13

Indexical presents: Moor Mother—a Philadelphia artist praised as part of “a new generation of visionary black storytellers” (NYTimes)—premieres a new video followed by a discussion of Black Quantum Futurism theory and practice with her collaborator Rasheedah Phillips.

Visuality and Carceral Formations with Nicole Fleetwood, Herman Gray, Nicholas Mirzoeff, November 17, 2020  Nicole Fleetwood, Herman Gray, Nicholas Mirzoeff
Visuality and Carceral Formations with Nicole Fleetwood, Herman Gray, Nicholas Mirzoeff, November 17, 2020

The third event in the Visualizing Abolition series brings together visual and cultural theorists Nicole Fleetwood, Herman Gray and Nicholas Mirzoeff to consider the roles of visual culture in normalizing mass incarceration and the racist brutalities of policing within the social landscape and political vision of America.

Isaac Julien, Lessons of the Hour, Film Screening, November 30, 2020 Isaac Julien, Lessons of the Hour, 2019
Isaac Julien, Lessons of the Hour, Film Screening, November 30, 2020

In collaboration with McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, we are pleased to present a limited online screening of Isaac Julien's Lessons of the Hour. The ten-screen immersive film installation exploring the life of Frederick Douglass is on view at McEvoy Arts Oct 14, 2020–Mar 13, 2021.

Abolition Then and Now: Isaac Julien and Robin D.G. Kelley, December 1, 2020 Isaac Julien and Robin D.G. Kelley
Abolition Then and Now: Isaac Julien and Robin D.G. Kelley, December 1, 2020

Abolition Then & Now with historian and cultural theorist Robin D. G. Kelley and artist and filmmaker Isaac Julien, co-presented with McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, is the next event in Visualizing Abolition. 

Prisons, Histories and Erasures: Joanne Barker, Maria Gaspar, and Kelly Lytle Hernández, January 19, 2021 Maria Gaspar, On the Border of What is Formless and Monstrous, 2016. Five-channel sound and video installation, 14:52 minutes. Courtesy of the artist.
Prisons, Histories and Erasures: Joanne Barker, Maria Gaspar, and Kelly Lytle Hernández, January 19, 2021

For the next Visualizing Abolition event, Joanne Barker, Maria Gaspar, and Kelly Lytle Hernández join us to discuss the histories and present struggles that disappear within the labyrinthian network of prisons, jails, and detention centers in the United States.

Prisons and Poetics: Reginald Dwayne Betts, January 26, 2021 Reginald Dwayne Betts
Prisons and Poetics: Reginald Dwayne Betts, January 26, 2021

The Institute of the Arts and Sciences and The Humanities Institute are pleased to present a poetry reading and conversation with award-winning American poet, memoirist, and educator Reginald Dwayne Betts.

Surveillance and Cinematics: American Artist, Simone Browne, and Ruha Benjamin, February 2, 2021 American Artist, Simone Browne and Ruha Benjamin
Surveillance and Cinematics: American Artist, Simone Browne, and Ruha Benjamin, February 2, 2021

Next in the Visualizing Abolition series is Surveillance and Cinematics with American Artist, Simone Browne, and Ruha Benjamin. Visualizing Abolition is a series of online events organized in collaboration with Dr.