"Criminal: Art and Criminal Justice in America" at SFSU - Today's Calendar Pick
Imprisonment is part of the American experience. With the decline of farming, mining, and manufacturing, prisons represent a rare growth industry in the heartland: We have 2,304,270 and counting behind bars. District legislators legally count inmates as constituents, and use the Census to siphon federal funding out of urban communities into rural prison towns. "Criminal: Art and Criminal Justice in America" faces the growing epidemic of imprisonment and explores its human toll through artwork made on either side of the walls.
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Julie Green's "The Last Supper" is a series of plates depicting the final meals of 383 prisoners condemned to death. Deborah Luster's "One Big Self: Prisoners of Louisiana" captures the portraits of inmates in aluminum. William Pope.L's "Setting the Table" puts the faces of alleged 9/11 terrorists on slices of bologna and, literally, hangs them out to dry. And Rigo 23's latest commission, "CRIMINAL/VICTIM," employs products made by real California prisoners. On March 1, a symposium with panels and workshops led by artists, activists, and prominent scholars in the field of criminal justice features a keynote address delivered by one-time Black Panther and real-time UCSC Professor of History of Consciousness Angela Y. Davis. SFSU Campus/Fine Arts Building 1600 Holloway (at 19th Ave.) -By Silke Tudor