Visualizing Abolition Online Event Series

jackie sumell, Solitary Garden, UCSC, 2019-ongoing
jackie sumell, Solitary Garden, UCSC, 2019-ongoing
Wednesday, December 1, 2021 to Friday, December 30, 2022

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

UC Santa Cruz Institute of the Arts and Sciences, in collaboration with Gina Dent, associate professor, feminist studies, presents a series of online events featuring artists, activists, scholars, and others united by their commitment to the vital struggle for prison abolition.

Visualizing Abolition with Angela Y. Davis and Gina Dent
Featured Music Video - Terri Lyne Carrington and Lisa Fischer
October 20, 2020


Images, Memory, and Justice with Bryan Stevenson
Featured Music Video - Kris Davis, Val Jeanty and Lily Finnegan

October 27, 2020


Visuality and Carceral Formations with Nicole Fleetwood, Herman Gray and Nicholas Mirzoeff  
Featured Music Video - Maimouna Yousef aka “Mumu Fresh”
 and Queen Cora Coleman
November 17, 2020 


Abolition Then and Now with Isaac Julien and Robin D.G. Kelley 
Featured Music Video - Nicholas Payton
December 1, 2020


Prisons, Histories, and Erasures with Kelly Lytle Hernández, Joanne Barker, Maria Gaspar
Featured Music Video - Jason Moran and Kyle Abraham
January 19, 2021


Prisons and Poetics with Reginald Dwayne Betts, Craig Haney and Gina Dent
Featured Music Video - Malcolm-Jamal Warner
January 26, 2021


Surveillance and Cinematics with American Artist, Simone Browne, Ruha Benjamin
Featured Music Video - Cécile McLorin Salvant
February 2, 2021


Material and Memory with Sanford Biggers and Leigh Raiford
Featured Music Video - Nicole Mitchell
February 9, 2021


Abolitionist Feminisms with Beth Richie, Erica Meiners, and Sonya Clark
Featured Music Video - Sarah Elizabeth Charles
February 23, 2021


Art, Abolition, and the University with Ashley Hunt, MJ Hart, Alberto Lule, Ryan Flaco Rising, and Rodrigo Vazquez
Featured Music Video - Orrin Evans and Eric Revis
March 3, 2021


Popular Culture and the Radical Imaginary with Patrisse Cullors and Maxwell Addae
Featured Music Video - Chief Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah
March 9, 2021


Abolition Beyond the State with Sadie Barnette, J. Kēhaulani Kauanui, Zoé Samudzi, and Eric Stanley
Featured Music Video - Elena and Samora Pinderhughes
April 6, 2021


Abolition from the Inside Out with jackie sumell Albert Woodfox, and Tim Young
Featured Music Video - José James
April 13, 2021


(Re)Enacting Revolution with Dread Scott and Erin Gray
Featured Music Video - Dianne Reeves and Camila Cortina Bello

April 20, 2021


Futures with Sora Han, adrienne maree brown, and Savannah Shange
Featured Music Video - Terri Lyne Carrington + Social Science
May 11, 2021


Music for Abolition with Curator Terri Lyne Carrington and guests
Lisa Fischer, Maimouna Youssef aka “Mumu Fresh”, Queen Cora Coleman, Nicholas Payton, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Nicole Mitchell, Sarah Elizabeth Charles, Orrin Evans, Eric Revis, Dianne Reeves, and Camila Cortina Bello
May 11, 2021


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.