October 21, 2020

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Rafael Esquer

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Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration at MoMA PS1

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Photo: Dean Gillispie, Spiz’s Dinette, 1998. Tablet backs, stick pins, popsicle sticks, cigarette foil. 16 x 8 x 5 in. Courtesy of the artist./JAY YOCIS “It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how …

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Photo: Dean Gillispie, Spiz’s Dinette, 1998. Tablet backs, stick pins, popsicle sticks, cigarette foil. 16 x 8 x 5 in. Courtesy of the artist./JAY YOCIS

“It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.”
– Nelson Mandela

In these crazy times of Covid, racial injustice, combative presidential elections, dire unemployment numbers, and many other calamities, it’s easy to forget about the millions of people who are incarcerated – In 2019 there were 1,260,400 people under state prison jurisdiction. Recently, MoMA PS1 reopened to the public with an important exhibition on the subject, Making Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration. It shows a variety of works from 30 + artists, some of them currently serving time. Like some outsider artists, inmates often use whatever materials are available to them. These restrictions yield results that are both, surprising and poignant. For instance, Daniel McCarthy Clifford used stacked cafeteria trays to make a six-pointed star and Pyrrhic Defeat: A Visual Study of Mass Incarceration, a series of 500 graphite on paper drawings that artist Mark Loughney has been creating since 2014.

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Photo: Mark Loughney, Pyrrhic Defeat: A Visual Study of Mass Incarceration, 2014-present. Graphite on paper (series of 500 drawings). Each 12 x 9 in. Courtesy of the artist.
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The Leavenworth Project by Daniel McCarthy Clifford. ©2020 Daniel McCarthy Clifford

Check out this terrific exhibit and the work of the following artists: Carole Alden; American Artist; Mary Enoch Elizabeth Baxter aka Isis tha Saviour; Sara Bennett; Conor Broderick; Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick; Daniel McCarthy Clifford; Tameca Cole; Larry Cook; Russell Craig; Amber Rose Daniel; Halim Flowers; Nereida García-Ferraz; Maria Gaspar; Dean Gillispie; GisMo (Jessica Gispert and Crystal Pearl Molinary); Ronnie Goodman; Gary Harrell; Brian Hindson; James “Yaya” Hough; Ashley Hunt; Michael Iovieno; Jesse Krimes; Susan Lee-Chun; William B. Livingston III; Mark Loughney; Ojore Lutalo; Bob McKay, Donald, Kit, Charlie, and Lopez; Cedar Mortenson; George Anthony Morton; Jesse Osmun; Jared Owens; Rowan Renee; Gilberto Rivera; Billy Sell; James Sepesi; Welmon Sharlhorne; Sable Elyse Smith; Justin Sterling; Todd (Hyung-Rae) Tarselli; Jerome Washington; Aimee Wissman; and Women on the Rise!.

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Photo: Tameca Cole, Locked in a Dark Calm, 2016. Collage and graphite on paper. 8 1/2 x 11 inches. Collection Ellen Driscoll.

Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration is organized by Dr. Nicole R. Fleetwood, Guest Curator; and Amy Rosenblum-Martín, Guest Assistant Curator; with Jocelyn Miller, former Assistant Curator, MoMA PS1; and Josephine Graf, Curatorial Assistant, MoMA PS1.

Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration
runs through April 4, 2021
MoMA PS1
22-25 Jackson Avenue, Queens
You can reserve timed tickers here.

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Photo: Larry Cook, The Visiting Room #4, 2019. Digital photograph, 40 x 30 inches. Courtesy of the artist.
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Photo: James “Yaya” Hough, Portrait of Yaya, 2015. Acrylic on parachute cloth, 60 x 35 1/2 in x 1/2 ft. Collection Russell Craig.
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Photo: Sable Elyse Smith, Pivot II, 2019. Stainless steel with 2k painted finish. 56 x 56 x 56 in. Courtesy the artist, JTT, New York, and Carlos/Ishikawa, London./DAMIAN GRIFFITHS
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hoto: Gilberto Rivera, An Institutional Nightmare, 2012. Federal prison uniform, commissary papers, floor wax, prison reports, newspaper, acrylic paint on canvas. 32.25 x 24.25 inches. Collection Jesse Krimes./2017 Argenis Apolinario