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“Wild: Bird of Paradise” Envisions a World Without Prisons or Police
The final installment of Jeremy McQueen’s dance film explores the challenges and fears of being a young Black man in New York City.
March 15, 2021
Spotlighting the Ingenuity of Artists Behind Bars
On exhibit at MoMA PS1, “Marking Time: Art in the Age of Incarceration” is a rich exploration of how artists adapt to limited materials and endless time.
November 25, 2019
How This Prison Collaborated on a Larger-Than-Life Work of Art
French artist JR worked with California prisoners to create his latest installation.
October 4, 2018
The Prison Portraits
A Pennsylvania artist draws hundreds of fellow inmates to show the scale of mass incarceration.
July 5, 2018
Learning Violin Helped Me Survive Prison
How one former inmate found healing—and himself—through music.
February 5, 2018
Reentry: a Triptych
“What name for this thing we’ve become? For stigma, close as kin?”
Reginald Dwayne Betts
January 24, 2018
The Ultimate Insider Art
On Tennessee’s death row, the old aphorism applies: art is long, life is short.
February 1, 2017
Titus Kaphar on Art, Race and Justice
“A painting may inspire, but it’s people who make change.”
December 29, 2015
Watch Alvin Ailey Dancers Rehearse a Piece About Being Locked Up
A choreographer explores separation and alienation in our prison system.