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