Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration with Dr. Nicole Fleetwood
February 21 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Discover how art provides imprisoned people with a voice during the 10th Annual Black History Month Lecture.
Presented by the History Center’s African American Program, this in-person lecture featuring Dr. Nicole R. Fleetwood will discuss how art can heal and humanize in the age of mass incarceration.
More than two million people are currently behind bars in the United States.
According to Dr. Nicole R. Fleetwood, incarceration not only separates the imprisoned from their families and communities, but it exposes them to deprivation, abuse, and arbitrary cruelties of the criminal justice system.
Despite that, many of America’s prisons are filled with art. Despite the isolation and degradation they may experience, the incarcerated are driven to assert their humanity in the face of a system that dehumanizes them.
As a writer, curator, art critic, and author of the award-winning “Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration,” Dr. Nicole R. Fleetwood will reveal her unique perspective on how the imprisoned use art to express the visual culture of incarceration and its current impact on contemporary art.
Dr. Fleetwood’s lecture will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience and a book signing.