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Rikers Island, NY 11370: In Plain Sight
How do you see Rikers Island?
The New School | The Fortune Society
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Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center
66 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011-8802
April 3, 2016April 24, 2016

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New York: Rikers Island, NY 11370: In Plain Sight
How do you see Rikers Island?
The New School | The Fortune Society

Among the islands that make up New York City is Rikers Island, the city’s jail complex. Between boroughs in the East River, off a runway of LaGuardia Airport, on the Q100 bus route, connected by a sole bridge, Rikers demonstrates the contradictions of visibility and invisibility that define mass incarceration. For many New Yorkers, Rikers is routine; it’s where they await sentencing, often for months; it’s where they visit people; it’s where they feel they may one day find themselves. For others the island exists out of sight, even though it influences the culture, infrastructure, and daily life of the city. On and off maps, Rikers appears in urban oral histories, notably hip-hop and rap, as well as dress and slang. But how New Yorkers see Rikers is colored by where they live, their race, their health, their wealth or poverty.

Our Point of View

If Rikers began as an abstraction, it did not remain so because of our conversations with men from The Fortune Society, an organization devoted to helping people reenter society from prison. These men taught us to recognize the ongoing memories, objects, music, and thoughts that continually move beyond the walls of Rikers to permeate the entire city. This exhibit is a collaboration between students of The New School and members of The Fortune Society.

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New York: Rikers Island, NY 11370: In Plain Sight    The New School
How do you see Rikers Island?
New York: Rikers Island, NY 11370: In Plain Sight
How do you see Rikers Island?
  The New School

National Exhibition Venue    Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center

Public Dialogues and Events
| April 3 – April 24, 2016

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Conference
Apr 14, 2016

Thursday, April 14, 2016

National Exhibition Launch: Remembering Rikers Island

Description: 

States of Incarceration: A National Dialogue of Local Histories will bring together the national community of over 500 people in 20 cities who together created a traveling exhibition on the past, present, and future of mass incarceration.

Teams of students and people directly affected by incarceration from 20 cities each explores a history of incarceration in their own community, from Angola’s slave plantation-turned-prison in Louisiana, to the legacies of the Dakota Wars for Native American incarceration in Minnesota, to immigration detention at Ellis Island and Elizabeth, New Jersey. For its staging in New York City, the exhibit includes a focus...read more…

Time: 
6PM to 8:30PM
Venue: 

The Auditorium
Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall,
66 West 12th Street,
New York, NY 10011

Reception:
Arnold and Sheila Aronson Galleries,
66 Fifth Avenue 13th Street,
New York, NY 10011

Exhibition
Apr 15, 2016
States of Incarceration Exhibition

Sheila C. Johnson Design Center Credit: Chris Choi

States of Incarceration Exhibition

Sheila C. Johnson Design Center Credit: Chris Choi

Friday, April 15, 2016

States of Incarceration National Conference Day 1

Description: 

States of Incarceration will bring together the national community of over 500 people in 20 cities who together created a traveling exhibition on the past, present, and future of mass incarceration.

Teams of students and people directly affected by incarceration from 20 cities each explores a history of incarceration in their own community, from Angola’s slave plantation-turned-prison in Louisiana, to the legacies of the Dakota Wars for Native American incarceration in Minnesota, to immigration detention at Ellis Island and Elizabeth, New Jersey. For its staging in New York City, the exhibit includes a focus on Rikers Island, developed by New...read more…

Time: 
9 AM to 5 PM
Venue: 

Arnhold Hall:
Theresa Lang Community & Student Center,
55 West 13th Street,
New York, NY 10011

Exhibition
Apr 16, 2016
States of Incarceration

States of Incarceration Exhibition in Sheila C. Johnson Design Center. Credit: Nupur Mathur

States of Incarceration

States of Incarceration Exhibition in Sheila C. Johnson Design Center. Credit: Nupur Mathur

Saturday, April 16, 2016

States of Incarceration National Conference Day 2

Description: 

States of Incarceration will bring together the national community of over 500 people in 20 cities who together created a traveling exhibition on the past, present, and future of mass incarceration.

Teams of students and people directly affected by incarceration from 20 cities each explores a history of incarceration in their own community, from Angola’s slave plantation-turned-prison in Louisiana, to the legacies of the Dakota Wars for Native American incarceration in Minnesota, to immigration detention at Ellis Island and Elizabeth, New Jersey. For its staging in New York City, the exhibit includes a focus on Rikers Island, developed by New...read more…

Time: 
9 AM to 5 PM
Venue: 

Arnhold Hall:
Theresa Lang Community & Student Center,
55 West 13th Street,
New York, NY

Jun 29, 2016
The Mass Story

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The Mass Story

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Mass Story: Rikers Island

Description: 

What Do You Really Know About Rikers Island? About people detained there? About the family and friends who visit the Island? About what is needed to close Rikers and build communities?

A Mass Story Event is a catalyst for reimagining justice in ways that serve the community. Mass Story events are interactive labs for storytelling and collective strategy design.

Who Should Attend? Anyone concerned about the current state of NYC's jail system and wants to participate in imagining new ways to build community and promote more restorative and transformative approaches to justice.

Must RSVP to Attend: http://tinyurl.com/gnqnwbw read more…

Time: 
9 AM to 12 PM
Venue: 

The New School, Arnhold Hall
55 E 13th Street
New York, NY

Sep 14, 2016

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The Nation at TNS: Mobilizing Privilege Against The New Jim Crow

Description: 

Join us for a roundtable discussion led by activist, author, and New School graduate Cecily McMillan about how privilege can be used as a tool in social justice efforts. McMillan will be joined by activistJLove Calderón, Hernan Carvente of the Vera Institute, Renée Feltz, journalist, and Five Mualimm-ak, Co-Founder of Incarcerated Nation Corp.

How can whites support the struggle against The New Jim Crow? With the #BlackLivesMatter movement re-igniting a global conversation about civil rights, how do we work to remove the barriers to active participation for everyone in the fight for social justice, creating the mass mobilized movement that we're...read more…

Time: 
7 PM
Venue: 

Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, Arnhold Hall
55 West 13th Street, Room I-202
New York, NY 10011

States of Incarceration is created by over 500 people in 17 states, and growing. We explore the roots of mass incarceration in our own communities—to open national dialogue on what should happen next. Click on a state to learn more.

States of Incarceration is created by over 500 people in 17 states, and growing. We explore the roots of mass incarceration in our own communities—to open national dialogue on what should happen next. Click on a state to learn more.

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