Prisons Today: Questions in the Age of Mass Incarceration

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1/4: Installation view of Prison Today: Questions in the Age of Mass Incarceration. Photo by Darryl W. Moran.
2/4: Installation view of Prison Today: Questions in the Age of Mass Incarceration. Photo by Darryl W. Moran.
3/4: Installation view of Prison Today: Questions in the Age of Mass Incarceration. Photo by Darryl W. Moran.
4/4: Installation view of Prison Today: Questions in the Age of Mass Incarceration. Photo by Darryl W. Moran.

Created through the Center-funded project Prisons in the Age of Mass Incarceration, Eastern State Penitentiary presents Prisons Today: Questions in the Age of Mass Incarceration, an interactive exhibition that sheds light on the current state of incarceration in America. The exhibition will encourage audience reflection and dialogue around complex issues of crime and justice, while situating Eastern State’s vast history within a contemporary context.

References

The members of the Liberian Women’s Chorus for Change will adapt existing folk songs and write new ones in traditional styles, in the hopes of subverting historical narratives in which women are blamed, stigmatized, or victimized.

Grants & Grantees

Beth Kephart is a writer and a 2005 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

Emmet Gowin is a photographer and a 1994 Pew Fellow.

Chamber Music Now commissioned new works by Philadelphia-based composers, inspired by the history of Eastern State Penitentiary.

Students, teachers, parents, administrators, and community members gathered at the closed Fairhill Elementary School on May 1, 2015 for the launch of Temple Contemporary’s Center-funded reFORM.

The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia opened to the public in 1954 and is located in the former home of brothers Philip and Dr. A.S.W. Rosenbach, international dealers in rare books, manuscripts, and fine and decorative arts.

Grants & Grantees

Syd Carpenter is a sculptor and a 1992 Pew Fellow.

Grants & Grantees

The American Philosophical Society Museum launched five large-scale and inventive public engagement projects, all associated with its exhibition on French natural history.

Located in Fairmount Park, Shofuso was built in Japan in 1953, using traditional techniques and materials, and moved to Philadelphia in 1958.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art looked back on a decade of the work of Zoe Strauss with a mid-career retrospective and the Billboard Project, which showcased Strauss’ work all over Philadelphia.

Grants & Grantees

WHYY is the region’s leading public media company and PBS/NPR member station serving one of the nation’s top 10 markets, with more than 2.9 million households in the 5-county greater Philadelphia region, the State of Delaware, and all of Southern New Jersey.

Collaborators & Colleagues

Naomi Beckwith is a curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, known for recognizing artists whose practices are social, participatory, and communal.