Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

Talk | Carceral Aesthetics: Prison Art and Mass Incarceration with Nicole R. Fleetwood

Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018 – Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018

06:30 PM – 07:30 PM


Join Nicole R. Fleetwood for a talk focused on contemporary art by currently and formerly incarcerated people. She will examine how incarcerated people use the limited materials available in prisons and their punitive confinement to create art that challenges the carceral state. This talk is in conjunction with the exhibition Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the Justice System.

About Nicole R. Fleetwood

Nicole R. Fleetwood is a professor of American Studies at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey.  Her current research is a study of art and mass incarceration titled Marking Time: Art in the Era of Mass Incarceration(Harvard University Press, forthcoming). Her previous books are Troubling Vision: Performance, Visuality, and Blackness (2011) and On Racial Icons: Blackness and the Public Imagination (2015). She is also co-curator and co-editor to Aperture Foundation’s Prison Nation, an exploration of the role of photography in documenting mass incarceration.


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