Date(s) - 10/30/2020 - 04/25/2021
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
San José Museum of Art
- Visual Arts
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Barring Freedom, co-organized by the UC Santa Cruz Institute of the Arts and Sciences, brings together contemporary artists confronting the historical and structural racism embedded in the criminal justice and mass incarceration systems.
Barring Freedom is inspired by the teachings of noted prison abolitionist and scholar Dr. Angela Y. Davis:
When we are told that we simply need better police and better prisons, we counter with what we really need…We need to be able to reimagine security, which will involve the abolition of policing and imprisonment as we know them…[and] reinvent entire worlds.
This exhibition underscores the urgency and importance of artists in envisioning a world beyond racist policing, biased courts, and overflowing prisons. Dr. Davis has called for a “great feat of the imagination” to realize dreams of freedom and end the injustices of the carceral system. The artists in Barring Freedom respond to that call.
Featured artists include:
- American Artist
- Sadie Barnette
- Sanford Biggers
- Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick
- Sonya Clark
- Sharon Daniel
- Maria Gaspar
- Ashley Hunt
- Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman
- Titus Kaphar and Reginald Dwayne Betts
- Deana Lawson
- Sherrill Roland
- Dread Scott
- Jackie Sumell
- Hank Willis Thomas
- Patrice Renee Washington
- Levester Williams