State Goods: Art in the Era of Mass Incarceration
Andrew Freedman Home (Bronx, New York)
Saturday, June 3, 2017

Opening Reception: May 19: 6-8pm

Performance: June 2, 2017: 7-9pm

Symposium: June 3, 2017: 1-3pm

STATE GOODS: ART IN THE ERA OF MASS INCARCERATION features works by currently and formerly incarcerated artists and explores how incarcerated people improvise to make works of art, while navigating the spatial restraints, material limitations, and punitive measures of prison life. Some of the works also provide a lens into the exploitation of prison labor by focusing on products made in U.S. prisons. Thus, the concept of “state goods” refers to the productive lives of incarcerated people through art and through the enforced conditions of the prison industrial complex.

These pieces range from drawings and painted portraits, to miniatures and sculpture, to abstract painting and mixed media installation. Featured artists include Russell Craig, Dean Gillispie, Five Mualimm-ak, Lisette Oblitas-Cruz, Jared Owens, Gilberto Rivera, Isaac Scott, and artists from the Black and Pink Network, The Confined Arts Program, Prison Renaissance, and J.D. McGuire's college level art courses inside New Jersey State prisons. These works call for a greater visibility of the conditions of contemporary prisoners.

The exhibition is a collaboration between the Andrew Freedman Home and Professor Nicole Fleetwood of Rutgers University whose forthcoming book is a study of art in the era of mass incarceration. The event is made possible by a Whiting Foundation Public Engagement Fellowship.

All events are free and open to the public. No tickets required. 

Co-curators: Nicole R. Fleetwood and Walter Puryear, in conjunction with The Confined Arts Program

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