Visualizing Abolition Online Event Series

jackie sumell, Solitary Garden, UC Santa Cruz
jackie sumell, Solitary Garden, UC Santa Cruz
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 to Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Online Event

What does it mean to think of abolitionism as a vision—one that challenges the social, economic, and political worldviews that prisons promote? For the 2020/21 academic year, UC Santa Cruz Institute of the Arts and Sciences, in collaboration with Gina Dent, associate professor, feminist studies, is pleased to present a series of online events featuring artists, activists, scholars, and others united by their commitment to the vital struggle for prison abolition.

The events accompany Barring Freedom, an exhibition of contemporary art on view at San José Museum of Art October 30, 2020-April 25, 2021 and Solitary Garden, a public art project at UC Santa Cruz. 

Visualizing Abolition Schedule (All events are from 4-5:30 P.M. PST unless otherwise noted)
Registration is required; see individual event listings for more information. All events are recorded and available at

February 23, 2021
Abolitionist Feminisms
Beth Richie, Erica Meiners, and Sonya Clark
Featured Music Performance - Sarah Elizabeth Charles
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March 3, 2021
Art, Abolition, and the University
Ashley Hunt, MJ Hart, Joshua Solis, and Alberto Lule
Featured Music Performance​ - Diane Reeves and Camilla Cortina Bello
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March 9, 2021, 4-:30 p.m.
Popular Culture and the Radical Imaginary
Patrisse Cullors and Maxwell Addae
Featured Music Performance​ - TBD
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April 13, 2021, 4-:30 p.m.
Abolition Inside Out
jackie sumell, Albert Woodfox, and Tim Young
Featured Music Performance​ - Elena Pinderhughes
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April 20, 2021, 4-5:30 p.m.
(Re) Enacting Revolution
Dread Scott and Erin Gray
Featured Music Performance​ - Orrin Evans and Eric Revis
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May 4, 2021
Documenting Justice
Film screening and Q&A curated by Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman
Registration Link TBD​

May 11, 2021
Sora Han, adrienne maree brown, and Savannah Shange
Featured Music Performance​ - Social Science
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May 18, 2021
Music for Abolition: Artist Panel 
Terri Lyne Carrington and guests
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Visualizing Abolition is organized by Professor Gina Dent, Feminist Studies and Dr. Rachel Nelson, Director, Institute of the Arts and Sciences in collaboration with San José Museum of Art and Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery. The series has been generously funded by the Nion McEvoy Family Trust, Ford Foundation, Future Justice Fund, Wanda Kownacki, Peter Coha, James L. Gunderson, Rowland and Pat Rebele, Porter College, UCSC Foundation, and annual donors to the Institute of the Arts and Sciences.

Partners include: Howard University School of Law, McEvoy Foundation for the Arts, Jessica Silverman Gallery, Indexical, The Humanities Institute, University Library, University Relations, Institute for Social Transformation, Eloise Pickard Smith Gallery, Porter College, the Center for Cultural Studies, the Center for Creative Ecologies, and Media and Society, Kresge College.