• NOVEMBER 9, 2020 - MAY 11, 2021
  • UCSC Institute of the Arts and Sciences, Santa Cruz
  • Every 1 week(s) between
    November 9, 2020 and May 11, 2021
  • Categories: Community, Classes & Workshops, Visual Arts

Event Details

  • Every 1 week(s) between
    November 9, 2020 and May 11, 2021
  • Tuesdays, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Free
  • Please Click on the Link below for more Information
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Event Description

Hank Willis Thomas, If the Leader Only Knew, 2014 © Hank Willis Thomas

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, a Bi-coastal Exhibition of Art on view at San José Museum of Art from October 30th, 2020 through March 21st, 2021 and featuring Solitary Garden, a Public Art Project, at UC Santa Cruz.

All “Visualizing Abolition” Events are from 4:00pm to 5:30pm [PST] unless otherwise noted). Registration is required. Please see individual event listings for more information.


→ October 20th -- “Visualizing Abolition” (Angela Davis and Gina Dent)
→ October 27th -- “Images, Memory and Justice” (Bryan Stevenson)
→ November 13th -- Performing Artists Moor Mother and Rasheedah Phillips: Black Quantum Futurism (Livestream at Indexical.org)
→ November 17th -- “Visuality and Carceral Formations” (Nicole Fleetwood, Herman Gray and Nicholas Mirzoeff)
→ December 1st -- 12:00noon to 1:30pm -- “Abolition Then and Now” (Isaac Julien and Robin D.G. Kelley)


→ January 19th, 2021 -- “Prisons, Histories, and Erasures” (Kelly Lytle Hernández, Joanne Barker, TBD // Registration Link TBD)
→ January 26th, 2021 -- “Prisons and Poetics” (Reginald Dwayne Betts // Registration Link TBD
→ February 2nd, 2021 -- “Surveillance and Cinematics” (American Artist, Simone Browne and Ruha Benjamin // Registration Link TBD)
→ February 9th, 2021 -- “Material and Memory” (Sanford Biggers and Leigh Raiford // Registration Link TBD)
→ February 23rd, 2021 -- “Abolitionist Feminisms” (Beth Richie, Erica Meiners, and Sonya Clark // Registration Link TBD)
→ April 6th, 2021 -- TBD 4:30 pm (TBD)
→ April 20th, 2021 -- 4:00pm to 5:30pm -- “(Re) Enacting Revolution” (Dread Scott and Erin Gray // Registration Link TBD)
→ May 4th, 2021 -- “Documenting Justice” (Film Screening and Q and A Session curated by Dee Hibbert-Jones and Nomi Talisman // Registration Link TBD)
→ May 11th, 2021 -- “Futures” (Sora Han, Adrienne Maree Brown, Savannah Shange // Registration Link TBD)


Barring Freedom and Visualizing Abolition are organized by UC Santa Cruz 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 the 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.


More info and to register: https://ias.ucsc.edu/content/2020/visualizing-abolition

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