Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the Justice System

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If the museum is the repository for all that society values, how is the prison the repository for all society seeks to disown? What, then, is the social role and responsibility of the artist in times of political urgency? What functions can only art and artists fulfill in the social and political landscape? Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the Justice System brings together contemporary artists working across the United States who mobilize communities to bring visibility to hidden offenses and veiled histories within the justice system. Published on the occasion of the exhibition by the same name, Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the Justice System is co-published by [NAME] and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. This volume, which includes comprehensive readings of works in the exhibition as well as commissioned essays and primary source material, is authored and edited by the exhibition’s curator Risa Puleo. Representing the full range of contemporary art production made in the studio and the social realm, the exhibition and publication considers artists who reimagine justice in images and objects, position the prison and court systems as structures for dismantling through institutional critique, and aim to change legislature through social practice. Puleo frames artist-led activism and activist-inspired art directed towards the criminal justice system and the prison-industrial complex.

The publication includes forewords by [NAME] directors Gean Moreno and Natalia Zuluaga and CAMH Director Bill Arning; a 36-page comic book insert by Sam Gould; a poster by Ashley Hunt and contributions by:

Elizabeth Alexander
Jimmy Santiago Baca
Evan Bissell and Ora Wise
Andy Campbell
Chicago Torture Justice Memorials
Melanie Crean
Stephen F. Eisenman
Nicole R. Fleetwood
Michel Foucault, Et Al.
Che Gossett
Unique Holland
Ben Jones
David Joselit
Theodore Kerr
Chaédria Labouvier
Roger Lancaster
Shaun Leonardo
K. Tsianina Lomawaima
Shoshana Magnet
Erica R. Meiners and Sarah Ross
Gean Moreno
Robert Morris
Robert S. Nelson
Isamu Noguchi
Otabenga Jones & Associates
Anthony Papa
Mary Patten
Laurie Jo Reynolds
Cameron Rowland
Jared Sexton
Rashad Shabazz
Sable Elyse Smith
Shawn Michelle Smith
Daniel Tucker And Rosten Woo
Rebecca Zorach

 

 

 

Item Details
Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the Justice System - Risa Puleo
softcover; 36page comic; and poster inserts
ISBN 9780984056651
8.5 x 11 in.
464 pgs.
$34.95